Personally, I believe the issue on ignorance can't necessarily be limited to extremes of black and white—though I'll admit to leaning a bit more towards ignorance generally not being excusable. Considering we live in a golden age where information on virtually every topic is available at the whims of our fingertips through means of the internet, books, newspapers, or other forms of media, lack of knowledge on some topics is just due to pure laziness or unwillingness to learn, rather than being unable to actually learn.
This I consider to be especially true when people start claiming ignorance on situations involving the law and such. As a resident and citizen of your country, it's your responsibility to be aware of how the rules and laws of society work, how the government runs, and what is expected out of you as a citizen. I also feel people shouldn't be limited by their religious beliefs. People should willingly question and research things before forming opinions and viewpoints; religion shouldn't prevent you from discovering the truth on certain issues. Ignorance is excusable to me mainly if one truly has no means of finding out said information—like for example, how in some places media is limited due to poverty or corrupt government, or if the information is just unclear in general—or if the case is so minor that no one is really being hurt anyways, such as not knowing someone's birthday.
TL;DR, I believe if the information is widely available, laziness or unwillingness is the only thing keeping you from being well informed.
I'd like to know now what you think about claiming ignorance, and when do you believe it is or isn't okay to do so?
Edit: Removed last question as it wasn't quite relevant, and edited my last paragraph to sound a bit less harsh. I don't have any problems with religion, I just think knowledge is a good thing and people should always be willing to learn more. :>
Edited by Bad Lobotomy, 22 October 2009 - 05:09 AM.