Esprit Rock

The cost of ignorance is both a blessing and a curse

The cost of ignorance is both a blessing and a curse: it is the one quality that can simultaneously provoke and suppress us to making discoveries because for there to be a transformative revelation there must be at least a momentary recognition of the unknown. Only then can discovery be liberating and exhilarating, empowering us with renewed perceptions. This notion can be explored through Michael Gow’s play Away and Sean Penn’s Into The Wild (2007), where both composers explore discovery through the concept of retrospect and its link with time- where the characters are clinged to outmoded certainties that prevent them from fully experiencing the richness of their current circumstances.