Saturday, July 1, 2017
Want: balancing desire (ideality)
and need (“reality”)
When I’m facing a backlog of “home work” (life management chores), that causes updating of the site home page to be brief—though such “facing” is an interesting theme.
Pragmatically speaking—in a sense of balancing ideal (creative) interests and
real (life managerial) interests—a conception of “balancing” is always at least implicit for actually living well (real-ly); and is appealing as a topic for thinking (creative-ly).
That particular expression of balance—creative appeal vs. real imposition—might be exemplary for a notion of pragmatics as the balancing of one’s relation to
an ideality and a reality—together a challenge of appropriativity (the balancing itself).
One wants the balance to be “good,” which is what? fruitful? satisfactory? efficacious?—for what?
Let’s say: for being, where ‘being’ is emblematic of the heuristic range of interest in a life worth living, from “being well” to “being in Time” (listed at the home page, as if each of the five Areas is heuristically regarded as a mode of being—facet of being, kind, whatever).
So, pragmaticness (pragmatic being) expresses, reflects, exemplifies... being—more than only “being well,” but less than exemplifying one’s global era (“being in Time”)—which is likely a delusional hope anyway.
Call the cohering of all that what? just being? wholly flourishing of one Self showing as exemplarity of virtue? (Is virtue itself just admirable exemplarity?)
Why do we make the choices that we make, in the terms that we prefer
(e.g., my neologistic loves), in terms of values, interests, commitments,
and so on?
Certainly that’s a question of “being,” without pretense, belonging to any life.
So, that might be suggestive of interest in an integrated sense of “being,”
relative to the 5-fold heuristic home page range, between “being well” and
“being in Time.”
Prospecting that integrated sense is so appealing to me that I deliberately resist it sometimes for the sake of my home work.
I recall, just now, the preschoolers in the famous marshmallow experiment,
which is reportedly indicative of long-term life success. (If you don’t know about the experiment—unlikely—you’ll get a treat here).