Don't Open That Box!

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@bluesa (12681)
Johannesburg, South Africa
November 14, 2017 7:05am CST
Don't open that box! Really don't. Have you heard about Pandora's Box? From what I remember in mythology it is supposed to have contained the miseries and evil of the world. Well to me, opening Pandora's box, is letting a new experience into your life, one you will have to carry with you each day after you have added it to your life. What you don't know can't hurt you, but once you have knowledge about an experience, well, it becomes one more thing you have to live with, to deal with. Someone close to me opened my idea of a Pandora's box, it is an experience I can't share with her or relate to. It is an experience she will have to bear alone. It was a bittersweet experience, and she has to battle the fact that she let it into her life each day. She already had so much she had to deal with that she should have kept the lid on this experience tightly closed. As for me, I prefer being ignorant on a few things, because ignorance is bliss in some cases. Do you think it is better to keep Pandora's box (as I perceive it) closed and remain ignorant on certain things too? Or do you prefer knowledge, even if it causes you great pain? Image credit: free:  Pixabay
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@jaboUK (50563)
• United Kingdom
14 Nov
If you never open yourself to new experiences, how are you to learn anything? The thing is that you never know what's going to be in the box until you DO open it - it may indeed be a Pandora's box, but on the other hand it may be something wonderful.
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• Germany
14 Nov
Very well said
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@marlina (62066)
• Canada
14 Nov
Agreeing here with you.
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• United States
14 Nov
I'm a curious person by nature so I'd probably open the box
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@Kandae11 (26790)
14 Nov
I agree with @Jabo - life is an experience - some good, some bad. Sometimes we must take chances, in order to grow.
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
15 Nov
Yes, I do understand what you're both saying, but sometimes some experiences can stint our growth and those are the ones I would rather leave be.
@DianneN (59078)
• United States
15 Nov
I'd probably open Pandora's box. I'm a bit on the adventurous side and could probably handle whatever is in it. Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and can be pleasantly surprised what life has to offer.
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
15 Nov
In this case it is a box I prefer firmly closed. I see how bitter my friend is, and I can't quite relate. I am happy you're willing to take on everything.
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@DianneN (59078)
• United States
15 Nov
@bluesa You know your friend best. So sorry.
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
16 Nov
@LadyDuck (121361)
• Switzerland
14 Nov
I agree with Jabo on this. We must not renounce to live our life in its full.
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
15 Nov
Yes, Anna, we must live life to the full. But if I can decide to not add a negative experience to my life, then I will choose that.
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@LadyDuck (121361)
• Switzerland
15 Nov
@bluesa How can you know in advance that it will be a negative experience and not the best experience of your life?
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
17 Nov
@LadyDuck I suppose I can't, but there are things I am not willing to chance.
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@Hannihar (12491)
15 Nov
I agree there are times it is best to keep some lids closed and not even guess what is inside.
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
15 Nov
Yes, I also see it that way! :)
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@Hannihar (12491)
15 Nov
@bluesa Thanks Catherine.
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@ridingbet (37876)
• Philippines
15 Nov
maybe i can keep the box ajar so a little of what is inside will come out.
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
15 Nov
It depends on how much of it would escape. :)
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@ridingbet (37876)
• Philippines
18 Nov
@bluesa right, that is why i should have self-control.
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@dpk262006 (54647)
• Delhi, India
15 Nov
It is better to keep the lid on, not a wiser move to open the Pandara box. To my mind recalling bitter/sad memories from the past does not help much.
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
15 Nov
Yes, or welcoming bitter/sad experiences into your life. I agree it is better to keep the lid on.
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@FayeHazel (11533)
• United States
14 Nov
It depends on the knowledge and how it applies to me in life. Beautifully worded post, too btw. It's sort of funny. A friend of mine and I are playing a 1500 piece puzzle -- I call it Pandora's box. Ha!
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
15 Nov
Yes, we each would perceive what is good or bad for us differently. Thank you so much :) Oh, lol, a puzzle could be a Pandora's box, or a Pandora's box could be a bit of a puzzle :)
@Corbin5 (81315)
• United States
14 Nov
I think one has to pick and choose regarding Pandora's box. Opening the box may lead to something positive eventually, and at other times all negative. One must think long and hard before opening.
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
15 Nov
Yes, that is it, one must think before just opening it. I wish my friend had thought things through. I know there are things I would seriously consider before taking any steps.
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@BelleStarr (31954)
• Portland, Connecticut
14 Nov
I am not curious at all so I probably would not have opened the box but I do agree with Janet, you never really know good or bad what is inside if you don't open.
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
15 Nov
Yes, but sometimes we have an inkling about what opening that box is going to cause. In some instances I prefer to remain not curious at all, like you.
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@YrNemo (8433)
17 Nov
I never do anything unnecessary (I am that lazy ). I can only do certain things if there is a desperate need.
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
17 Nov
I need to try that! It must keep you out of a lot of trouble!
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@YrNemo (8433)
17 Nov
@bluesa Perhaps I am too chicken to risk?
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
20 Nov
@YrNemo then we'll be chicken together!
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@shaggin (26697)
• United States
16 Nov
I think most the time I would rather have the knowledge even if it hurts.
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
17 Nov
You're very brave then, truly. I am a super cautious person.
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@shaggin (26697)
• United States
17 Nov
@bluesa Well for instance if I an dating someone and they cheat I would want to know BUT after we break up I do not want to know what they are doing as it just hurts more.
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
17 Nov
@shaggin , yes, you're quite right, a person does need to know if they are being cheated on, even if that is painful to find out. But I also agree, after that it is best to not know what is going on. Which is why I am very careful about entering into a relationship.
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• Canada
16 Nov
It depends what the box is, and that is the problem...trying to know if it will be worth it, but it's the unknown, so how can it be known, except by guaging probabilities. That is one of the problems with life, Pandora's box had to be opened at some point-without that, we could not learn to protect ourselves...mmmmm I'm not speaking clearly, what I mean is, without experience, we can't learn from experience or protect ourselves from future bad experience. With some things however, that is not the case, we can learn from other's experience...like I know that sticking my finger in a light socket would be bad idea, even though I've never done that before, others have had the accident happen to them, so, I don't need to. But with other things, like, I can't learn to drive from a manual, I had to learn by doing (well there was also a text book, but you need that practicality I mean), learning how ppl act in traffic, etc., about icy roads etc., only personal experience could teach that. Uh, I'm going in circles;), but with some things, yeh, I don't need to experience in order to know they will be harmful:/.
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
17 Nov
Yes. There are some things we know we should avoid. And so if I have the option of keeping the box closed on them, then I am keeping it closed. :)
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@1hopefulman (20212)
• Canada
14 Nov
I do not need to experience everything myself as I can learn much by observing the lives of others. While I have a hunger for knowledge, some paths I can quickly see where they lead and I do not need to go any further. If the knowledge is evil or leads to hurt and pain then I can leave the lid on it.
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@bluesa (12681)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
15 Nov
Yes, exactly, that is how I feel about it too @1hopefulman .
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