THE PRICE OF IGNORANCE
The old adage says “Ignorance Is Bliss,” and I guess, it really can be at times. Sometimes ignorance protects us from an ugly truth we aren’t ready for, or it keeps us from facing a harsh reality or a brutal axiom we’ve accepted as gospel truth. My old English teacher, who was chock full of quotes and proverbs for every occasion, used to say, “Sometimes ignorance is life’s way of allowing our maturity to catch up to our circumstances.”
As I watched the happenings of Port Charles, I realized just how wise Mrs. Chapman was. There are things some people aren’t ready to accept or deal with, and so ignorance to what’s going on around them gives them a grace period.
Michael is certainly lacking in maturity, though he’s ignorant to that fact. Michael’s ignorance makes him believe that power means intimidation and superiority. He walks around shouting at people and talking down to them and believes that makes him just like Sonny. He believed that killing Claudia and acting completely unaffected would translate as being ready to run the business. Instead the guilt is dogging his every step, and filling his every thought. Perhaps ignorance is what kept Michael from falling apart that very night. But ignorance has its price.
Carly recalled to Jax how cute everyone thought it was when Michael was little and would imitate Sonny. I have to wonder who was lying right to her face, as I never thought it was cute. EVER. Carly was just as ignorant to believe that Michael could emulate and mimic Sonny since he was old enough to talk and not become Sonny. I guess in Carly’s case, ignorance is what allowed her to be with Sonny, who is so driven by power and a need to show everyone who’s boss. It’s what allowed her to have and raise children together. But ignorance has its price.
Sonny’s ignorance borders on plain stupidity. He really thinks he can get the police off their very hot trail by having Ronnie, a low-level mobster, tell the cops that Franco admitted to killing Claudia. The idea is not just tragically flawed, it’s downright ridiculous! Jason, still reeling from Franco’s Reign of Freakiness, tells Sonny to think it through. When that doesn’t work, Jason tells Sonny it’s a bad idea to provoke Franco’s wrath. Sonny shakes his drug-impaired brain and sends Dominic, a.k.a. Dante the undercover cop to do his bidding anyway, much to Jason’s chagrin. Minutes later, Sonny comes face to face with Michael who’s trying to convince the CSI: Port Charles guy to let him see the body. Perhaps Sonny will be reminded of how his choices have already affected Michael. Or maybe not. But Ignorance has it’s price.
Lulu is in a tough predicament. She has two brothers on opposite sides of a woman, and Lulu loves both brothers. She is trying to support one brother through what she believes is the greatest loss of his life – Emily, while trying to keep the other brother from losing what he believes is the greatest love of his life – Elizabeth. How to be what both brothers need without choosing sides is a tall order. Lulu, of course, is ignorant to the fact that Nikolas is not just dealing with some misplaced, unrequited love, but has been engaging in a torrid, selfish, sexual affair with Lucky’s fiance. She believes that Nikolas just needs an outlet for all that pure and perfect love and so he is showering upon the next best thing to Emily…her best friend Liz. Lulu is a firm believer that being brothers, they should rise above the awkwardness and part peaceably, and innocently sends Lucky to say good-bye to Nikolas at the No-Tell Motel, I mean Wyndemere, before he leaves Port Charles, perhaps never to return. Of course, Lulu cannot imagine what a mistake that was, as she is ignorant to the sordid truth. But ignorance has its price.
Audrey, or Gramm, as Steve and “Lizzie” call her, was ignorant to the fact that she was about to assist in the colossal downfall of her saintly granddaughter as she topples off her high and lofty pedestal when she called Liz and told her she would drop the boys off “in a few hours”. We could almost see the hormones searing a path through Liz’s lust-filled veins as the thought occurred to her that she could run off to see her Prince of Naughty Dreams. Oh, Audrey, really you couldn’t have known! But ignorance has its price.
Nikolas. Oh what can we say about Nikolas? When he so determinedly informed Lulu that he “considered leaving once before” and now he was “going to go through with it”, I thought, “Oh, Nik! You’re not really that ignorant are you?” Even without the spoilers, we could have all guessed that somehow, he and Liz would have to lay eyes on each other at least once more, and that would lead to laying their hands and lips all over each other, and well, you guys follow. But even I was surprised at how really ignorant Nik was in asking Liz to just go with him to Paris, as if they could ever really ignore what that would mean for everyone else, or if their hot, personality-changing sex could get them through real life together. Nikolas was not ignorant to one thing, and it’s something I’ve been saying all along. He’s a Cassadine, and because of that, he felt “entitled” to have Liz just because he wanted her. Ignorance must have allowed him to indulge in the fantasy that his genes would prove to be enough of an excuse for what he’s done. But ignorance has its price.
Poor Lucky. While ignorance may, at times, protect us from brutal truths and painful realities, the most brutal and painful thing is finding out you were the only one living in the worst kind of ignorance: the kind that’s deaf, dumb and blind. Nothing hurts more than realizing that you were staring something in the face and willingly closed your eyes to it. I would think that’s the salt on the gaping, bleeding wound of INFIDELITY. To have suspicions, only to push them away and out of your mind. To decidedly dismiss your instincts in favor of someone’s word. To trust the person, or persons, you love even when every warning bell and whistle goes off in your head. Lucky had just listened to Liz’s litany of mercy for Nik’s marred, but broken soul. Lucky begged Liz not to be sorry for Nik’s many sins – covetousness, selfishness, lust. He absolved her of any misguided guilt she might feel for being so beautiful and perfect that Nik couldn’t help but fall in love with her. Lucky seemed confused for a moment as to why Liz was so apologetic and willing to extend forgiveness to Nik for the transgression of loving her, but that moment didn’t last long enough. Had Lucky taken a little more time to think it through, he might have seen what he’s been closing his eyes to: The love was not one-sided. And so, with the help of Alfred’s ignorance in directing Lucky up to the Rated R turret room, where Master Nikolas was taking in more than “the view for the last time”, Lucky’s ignorance came to a screeching and painful stop. As if hearing both Nikolas and his Elizabeth exchange soulful “I Love Yous” wasn’t painful enough, Lucky had to to open the door that no one thought to even close, and got the shock of his illusioned and enchanted life. I imagine that the bluebirds that usually flutter around Elizabeth’s aura of light and goodness were strikingly missing as Lucky’s horrified gaze took in the painful sight. Yes, friends. Ignorance has its price.
And sadly, it’s price is usually more than you would ever willingly pay…had you been given the choice.
Happy Birthday To Me! Off to spend the day with my fabulous family!
‘Til Tomorrow’s Sunday Drive!