An ignorant person can be extremely dangerous. Where there is a conflict between a knowledgeable person and an ignorant person, the knowledgeable person is always exposed to danger. Under normal conditions, one would assume that ignorant people ought to be the ones convicted, rather than harassing knowledgeable people. This is when considering the harm that ignorant people cause to humanity, using their ignorant ideas, preserved as valuable knowledge.
Nevertheless, truthful people often get into serious trouble, as it is impossible for those who know to be emotionally charged. This is why, on several occasions, Jesus had to duck stone-throwing Pharisees, each time He presented unknown truths to them (John 8:58-59). The Pharisees were ignorant but occupied positions of authority. Rather than them being accused of ignorance, Jesus was projected as bent on invalidating their authority.
The crucifixion of Jesus exposed the modus operandi of the dreadful conditions of this world. Where people are emotionally irritated against ideas, the individual against whom people show animosity would be truthful. There is no record of truthful people ever showing anger towards ignorant people. This is a stuck reality, axiomatically, usable in all spheres of life.
Deacon Stephen projected the truth against the marauding Jewish zealots and got killed, as a result. He died praying for God to forgive them because He was knowledgeable. Hence, it is impossible for truthful people to be emotionally irate, against ignorant people. After conversion, Paul, the ringleader, among Deacon Stephen’s murderers, later spent most of his life in prison but also being killed, eventually. He was similarly murdered for projecting the truth to ignorant people.
Truth and falsehood produce irreconcilable friction when connected. However, falsehood is saleable to ignorant people. Liars are always in harmony, without the presence of truthful people, often tagged as trouble-causers. This is why Jesus warned His disciples of being hated, rather than loved.
“If you belong to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also” (John 15:19-21 NIV).
A truthful person ought to know, from Jesus’ utterance; “If you belong to the world, it would love you as its own.” This is a simple formula but hardly understood by most Christians. Democracy doesn’t work, among ignorant people. As supported by their similarly ignorant associates, ignorant people will always win, democratically. The popularity of ignorance speeds up the demise of ignorant people, in two ways.