Pragmatic is the most looked up word in the Merriam Webster dictionary this year.
In common understanding, the word pragmatic has a positive connotation to it – when you are pragmatic, you’re sensible, reasonable, and you don’t let emotions get in your way – reality is seen for what it is and decisions are taken accordingly; yet does this definition of pragmatic in-fact make the word positive? Or is this word secretly a word of evil – used to manipulate and deceive?
Let’s take a look at the dictionary definition of pragmatic:
Pragmatic according to http://www.thefreedictionary.com/mat
- 1. Dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; practical.
- 2. Philosophy Of or relating to pragmatism.
- 3. Relating to or being the study of cause and effect in historical or political events with emphasis on the practical lessons to be learned from them.
- 4. Archaic
a) Active; busy.
b) Active in an officious or meddlesome way.
c) Dogmatic; dictatorial
What can be deducted and understood from reading the above definition is that pragmatic is related to physical consequence – to what you do, or do not do, which can be measured physically here. For example – if you take a tennis ball, and you throw it into a glass window so that it breaks – it’s pragmatic to assume that the cause of the window breaking was the tennis ball that was thrown into it. Yet – the interesting question remains – does the fact that you’re pragmatic mean that your actually reasonable, actually benevolent, and truly caring – or does the definition and meaning of pragmatic have secret alleyways and backdoors in which you’re able to hide your true intentions?
Let’s look at the following scenario: a CEO finds out that he’s able to make more profit if he fires his old employers and replaces them with young employers, as young employers would be more productive and effective – herein the CEO study the practicalities of the situation and he’s as such pragmatic. The CEO goes through with his newly found solution and he makes profit – yet the old workers are now laid off without any ability to get a new job, or a full pension, which means that their life is going to become a lot tougher; and as you see – the CEO was pragmatic in this case – yet still he was evil and created consequences for others that he himself wouldn’t have wanted to experience.
This is why the current definition of pragmatic can’t be trusted – the word is open for interpretation, and it doesn’t have a pre-determined value, foundation or principle – it’s instead but the act of being able to see cause and effect. As such the word can be used in order to abuse – stating that it’s pragmatic to earn money, and benefit on the plight of the old – it’s pragmatic to re-direct production to sweat-shop factories – because it makes me more money! The fact that those actions in nature are evil isn’t considered.
Thus – when someone state that he’s pragmatic – realize that this doesn’t mean or say anything about his character, or about the nature of the decision he will make – what makes all the difference is from what starting point you apply the mentality and view of pragmatism; when pragmatism is applied from within and as the starting point of greed and profit it’s abusive – when it’s instead applied from within and as the starting point of what’s best for all – it’s a solution that will bring heaven to earth.
Pragmatic as such is but a skill, a ability to consider cause and effect – it’s not a value and not a principle – yet when the principle of what’s best for all, as doing onto another what you would like to be done onto you is integrated into the definition of the word – it becomes a effective and trustworthy tool, which one can practically live and consequently make a difference in this world.
Pragmatic as it’s current definition is as such abusive – as it’s open to interpretation, wherein the foundation and principle is for the observer to decide upon with his free will – instead of the principle and foundation already being decided and set in stone; as what is best for all.
To be pragmatic and live the word, as a statement of what is best for all would mean that I: consider all my actions and their consequences, making sure that I harm no one – pushing and willing myself to at all times remain consistent in looking at myself as a practical being, realizing that the very fact that I exist, and live as a physical entity – means that I have a responsibility for how and what I live – as my way of life ripples out into the world, and my reality. As such to be pragmatic means that I stand within the principle of what is best for all – and from such a vantage point look at this reality through and as cause and effect – asserting myself that I as the cause will always bring forth the effect as what is best for all.
Let’s live as pragmatic beings – within the principle of what is best for all and as such create a new world – for real – that is physical, tangible, substantial and not but a dream in our mind!
Here you can read more about the birth of practivism – pragmativ living within the consideration of what is best for all: