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The Pragmatic Idealist

The Pragmatic Idealist

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Essay for my english class about being a pragmatist and idealist with quotes from a man for all seasons.
Essay for my english class about being a pragmatist and idealist with quotes from a man for all seasons.

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Published by: Elyse on Dec 27, 2008
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05/15/2012

 
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Elyse Williams13 October 2008Rogers A4The Idealistic Pragmatist“Look what my dad gave me. My mom was going to throw it out but it was I was like,‘No way!’” My boyfriend pulled out an intricately handcrafted wooden ship from the 18
th
 century. “Wow, I said, what a waste of cash. You could’ve bought a really nice steam cleaner for less than that, and I can think of a hundred more times you could have used one.”In short, pragmatism is the belief in the grounded dedication to logic above all, whether the answer is pleasant or not. In the film, A Man for All Seasons, the best example of a pragmatist would be Cardinal Wolsey. He says, “You're a constant regret to me, Thomas. If youcould just see facts flat-on, without that horrible moral squint... With a little common sense youcould have made a statesman.” Unlike the idealist Sir Thomas More, he wants to go along withthe kings wishes and will do anything he can to make sure the king gets a divorce and has a son.He is very practical in his reasoning. Another great example of a pragmatist is BenjaminFranklin. He was a great advocator of frugality and never did anything not worth doing. He said,“God helps them that help themselves.” This seems to be a big philosophy in pragmatism. If youdo not help yourself how can you even begin to help others?Doing what you believe to be right for yourself and making frugal and practical decisionsis a good way to live. However we should still maintain a high sense of morality andstandards. A person who considers themselves a pragmatist may not have that high moralstandard that is necessary, but perhaps an idealist would. Therefore is it necessary to havea balance of both pragmatic and idealistic values in oneself. Aspiring to high standards and principles is a nice notion, but without action it means nothing. On the other hand “actionwithout thought is like shooting without aim” Which brings us to the conclusion again thatwithout idealistic values pragmatism is worthless.In A Man for All Seasons Sir Thomas More is the perfect example of a blend of both

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