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As the old saying goes, ‘Ignorance is bliss.’ While there may be times when this is not the case, more often than not it holds true. You can’t really get upset, worry, whatever, about something you are completely unaware of.

Yet these days, with information available at the touch of a button or the slide of a screen for many of us, it is difficult, in theory, to be ignorant. Fair enough, the information we get might not be truthful, but the fact remains that it can be rather easily found on pretty much any subject, at any time.

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Keep that back turned & walk in the other direction … (Image from wikihow.com)

Thus, in this information ‘rich’ age, the adage could be tweaked a little to, ‘Ignoring is bliss.’ From a news point of view, what we’re getting at here is not complete ignoring per se (although, at times, this could be a good tactic), it’s to be more questioning of what you read and hear. Don’t take things as ‘gospel’ just because they come from an approved source. We’ve plenty of recent examples that underscore the value of such an approach.

In another sphere, ignoring isn’t just a good option, it’s the only option. What we’re referring to here is when you’re trying to move on from what has proven to be a failed relationship. In the past, time and/or distance was probably enough for you to more or less permanently close a chapter of your life with someone with whom things just didn’t work out. ‘Out of sight, out of mind’, so to put it.

However, the problem today is, in the absence of taking the step to delete every social media contact you have for the person in question — a measure some of us are too, um, proud to do — putting someone you once had some feelings for completely out of (virtual) sight and, as a result, mind is very difficult to do.

Indeed this becomes nigh on impossible when that other person makes contact every now and again, engages for a while, then disappears. (So even if you have deleted her contacts across all platforms, she can still molest you.) It’s similar to, you could say, the old prank of ringing somebody’s doorbell and then running away. It’s a trait that, from personal experience and anecdotal evidence, a significant number of Colombianas display.

One can only assume they get some sort of odd enjoyment out of it, like the doorbell-ringing young children. Immature it certainly is in any case — and a lot of the time we’re talking about university-educated, professionals here (then again, that doesn’t necessarily mean much; some behaviours run deep in the blood).

The best, nay only, defence strategy in such a silly game, therefore, is our refusal to engage — regardless of how superficially beautiful the one we’re (not) dealing with is. That is to say, ‘to ignore’. Not to do so means we’re only on to a frustrating loser.

*For a related article, see Defenders of the unfaithful.
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La vida en Colombia desde la perspectiva de un periodista y locutor irlandés, quien ha vivido en el país desde 2011. El blog explora temas sociales y culturales, interacción con los nativos, viajes, actualidades y mucho más. Escucha su podcast acá: https://anchor.fm/brendan-corrigan.

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