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  •  Yes, quite true. On the other hand, (3+ / 0-)

    often we define 'practical' to mean 'as it's done now', or 'what we think is possible'.  Practical is a word that speaks to beliefs, and beliefs can be changed, and are different from person to person.

    No advance in human existence was considered 'practical' until it occurred.  They were the realm of 'fantasy'.  Spaceships, submarines, 'printed' human organs.

    Idealism is about the art of turning fantasy into reality.  Sometimes you can do it, sometimes you'll try in vain until some other technology develops that you needed as a stepping stone.  But very few 'idealists' live in the oft-decried 'ivory towers' of academia.  Most are still people of the world who do help in the now, but also look to the future.

    •  Perhaps (1+ / 0-)
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      Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN

      "realistic" is better than practical.

      For me as a teacher, my ideal is to change the world by educating people. But I realized long ago that goal was realistically unattainable in its ideal sense. Nevertheless, realistically, I can (and, I hope, do) make that happen to a small extent every year--on a county level.

      I agree that one must have underlying ideals and principles but one must also deal with reality. I agree that we must harmonize them. I see my ideals as the bass and rhythm of my life and my daily activities as the melody. When those two are in harmony, I am satisfied. It's the manifestation of the ideal.

      I think that is what the diarist is feeling when daily social work is satisfying.

      "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." --Groucho Marx

      by Dragon5616 on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 05:43:50 PM PDT

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