Why is ignorance unwholesome?

Question: Why is ignorance unwholesome?

Answer: Ignorance conditions all defilements. There is ignorance with each

unwholesome moment of consciousness. Because of ignorance we live in

darkness; we do not know what is wholesome and beneficial and what is

unwholesome. Because of ignorance we don’t know what is real and what is

only imagination. Ignorance conditions a distorted view of realities, wrong

view. When we believe that body and mind can stay, that they are

permanent, there is wrong view. What we call mind is, in reality, only fleeting

moments of consciousness which cannot stay. What we call body is ever-

changing particles, elements, which cannot stay. When we believe that mind

and body are self or mine there is wrong view. Wrong view conditions many

other defilements.

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