On Sun, Jun 28, 2020, 12:41 AM Jeffrey.Thomas <jet> wrote:
Well, I’m on call right now and I don’t have time for an artful response, but I agree that it does call for one. My first thoughts that spring to mind are that our loftiest ideals, endeavors and aspirations are seldom pragmatic. The works of art and music that we hold up as the finest examples of our advanced civilization are not at all practical (organized religion, on the other hand, tends to be eminently practical in the ways that you might expect). The virtues of loyalty, selflessness, self-sacrifice are seldom born of pragmatism. Courage, in almost every manifestation, is usually quite the opposite of pragmatic, whereas cowardice, greed, self-interest and self-preservation are often logical and practical.
If you want to know the nature of humans, listen to the stories we tell. They are stories of passion, devotion, courage and…
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