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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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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Against Ignorance, Hatred, Violence

As a new Stop AAPI Hate organization emphasizes and as recent events underscore, it's long past time to end hatred of and violence toward those of Asian descent.

Days from now will be 53 years since the awful April day that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated for his courage to challenge entrenched racism.  Dr. King, and other key participants in the movement such as John Lewis (up to his death last year), sought a "beloved community."  Individually, collectively, institutionally, we must continue to create that community.

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