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The title for this blog originated with use of the term “practical idealist” in this 1996 opinion piece, which asked: “To what kind of work should a practical idealist aspire?” A century and a half earlier, Emerson, in his 1841 essay Circles, wrote: “There are degrees in idealism.  We learn first to play with it academically. . . .  Then we see in the heyday of youth and poetry that it may be true, that it is true in gleams and fragments.  Then, its countenance waxes stern and grand, and we see that it must be true.  It now shows itself ethical and practical.”  John Dewey and Mahatma Gandhi embraced practical idealism in the 20th century, as did UN Secretary General U Thant.  Al Gore invoked it in a 1998 speech. In the context of this blog, the term is meant to convey idealism tempered but not overwhelmed by realism: a search for the ideal on a path guided by common sense.
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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Marching for Our Lives

Yesterday, my kids and I participated in one of the Connecticut versions of the national “March for Our Lives.”  We were at the state Capitol in Hartford, where speakers including U.S. senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy talked not only of school shootings but also of domestic and urban violence--and the role of guns.  Improved background checks were among the cited priorities, as a crowd of teachers, students, and others of all ages cheered and chanted.

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