"This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy."
This is what the Ghost of Christmas Present says to Scrooge in a climactic moment in the hard-hearted protagonist's journey in Dickens' classic story of redemption, "A Christmas Carol."
But why does the spirit make a point of warning Scrooge, and us, against Ignorance more than against Want? Why is this such a crucial understanding for all of us in our journey towards self-actualization?
Well, it is this: the problems of our world do not start with need or greed. In fact, need and greed are but two sides of the same coin - of ignorance. Need and greed are both based on the same erroneous belief, the same misunderstanding - that there isn't enough.
There are no end runs around this, folks. There is no avoiding the repercussions of proud ignorance. When you say that you don't want to look at something, don't want to talk about something, when you stick your chest out and say - "That's what I believe and that's all there is to it!" - know that you are inviting what the Ghost of Christmas Present warns Scrooge about. You are inviting the side of The Wave that is not enjoyable, to say the least.
As Jacob Marley, on his death bed, advised Scrooge with his last breath: "Save yourself!"