This reminds me of something my husband read on LDS reddit. (not exmo). Everyone was cheering the new Ministering deal. And a fairly visible contributor asked the board, "So listening to the hoopla here, are you really happy?" The point was, all these believers had likely gone along "being satisfied with HT and VT status quo" but suddenly a change from elsewhere, and they stepped out of their stupor and were rejoicing. So were they happy before?Fwiw, ignorance is never bliss in the fullest dictionary definition. It is comforting and laziness-inducing and easy and deflective and content, but it isn't utter joy or supreme happiness, imo.
The new program is likely just a name change. We will likely fall back to lazy habits and before we know it, there will be new markers and so on. And we will retreat to routine. Or we can embrace options and make something of anything before us. Yes there will be resistance, push back, etc., but enough nuanced believer's have proven that one can be different and remain "happy" even with full disclosure of the unsavory parts. You just get to navigate differently. Maturely.
As our own Hawkgrrl calls it, "Becoming an Adult with God."