Is it better to know or not to know? Is ignorance really bliss or the path to suffering? Why would we not want to call a spade a spade, take the bull by the horns, and deal with the harsh and sometimes shameful realities which confront us?
Fear. It is fear that makes us hide, makes us avoid, makes us deny, stubbornly insist that our version of the truth is correct in the face of contradictory evidence.
What helps us overcome our fears is knowledge, knowing the truth, examining the evidence, and coming to terms with the ideas and facts that threaten our fragile grasp on our cherished beliefs. The first step on a spiritual path is doubt. Until we can doubt we are stuck in conformity, stuck in orthodoxy, enabling and reinforcing the status quo who have vested interests in their version of the truth whether accurate and appropriate or not.
Inquisitiveness, passion to understand, the desire for knowledge and wisdom is the spiritual
path which, as Scott Peck says in the title of his famous book "The Road Less Traveled". Jesus says in Matthew 7:13 "You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way."
Or to paraphrase Hamlet, "To know, or not to know, that is the question." The biggest reward of being honest with oneself and others is serenity. You will sleep better not having to worry about being found out. You are in serious trouble when your biggest fear is the fear of the truth.