Question from the Internet:
“I think idealism is more important than pragmatism because pragmatism is too cynical. What do you think about this?”
Knowing where we are, where we are heading
I think we need both, otherwise we can’t progress properly.
We need healthy pragmatism, knowing exactly where we are, what isn’t perfect, optimal in our present state. At the same time we need to imagine, envisions a higher, ideal state to aim at.
Of course this higher, ideal, more optional state needs to be something realistic, based on solid foundations, blueprints.
Then the gap between the actual, less than perfect state and the desired, more ideal state provides the necessary motivation, driving force to start preparing, developing towards the next, higher state.
And we will always have this gap and thus we will always have the chance to develop further, as due to our inherently egocentric, individualistic, exploitative nature we will always try to build something artificial, self-serving, while at the same time Nature’s perfect, altruistic blueprint, evolution’s relentless drive towards full, most optimal integration will provide to ideal direction we can aim at.
Learning to observe reality from one end to the other
If we can learn how to hold both in our hands as two reins, then we can finally take our Human development consciously into our own hands.
And while the gap will seemingly grow - the more we build a society that resembles Nature the more we will recognize the fighting, protesting ego in us trying to prevent our integration, selfless, altruistic cooperation - we will acquire the unique, independent, objective observer viewpoint, perceiving reality in a sharp contrast between two opposite forces.
And with that we acquire our unique, evolutionary Human purpose in Nature’s system, becoming the system’s independent, objective observers, witnessing its utter perfection in contrast of instinctive egoism.