Throughout the course of this proposal for pragmatic beliefs and essential principles, the following terms will defined as thus, and the use of these words will not be based off other value systems:
A State: 1: A mode of being ex: "A state of happiness". 2: A stage in the physical being of something ex: "A butterfly in the cocoon state", or "H20 in the liquid state". 3: A body of organized persons in a society ex: "The state of our community".
This argument may use the three preceding definitions of the word "state" interchangeably. It will Not be referring to the definition of the "state" as a political institution.
The Ideal State capitalized: A state in which all people are happy and their happiness can be sustained.
An ideal state: A mental construction of the desired state of affairs to be achieved.
The Current State capitalized: The world today.
A current state: The resources at hand before being transformed into the ideal state.
The Interim State capitalized: The world between the time all in a state begin acting toward the construction of The Ideal State, and the final construction of The Ideal State.
An interim state: The time during which resources are manipulated in the current state until an ideal state is realized.
When building a house, there are the blueprints a construction of an ideal state, the resources at hand aka the current state the amount the concrete and wood, the number of workers, their food, and time to build, and an interim state the act of constructing the house.
When achieving The Ideal State, there is The Current State The plant Earth as of November 20, 2005 and before the essential principles are accepted, and then The Interim State the time between when essential principles are accepted and the time at which The Ideal State will be realized.
The Ideal State is likely to be further defined as a state in which:
The following must be absent: Flaws, war, and disease or thoughts capable of significantly impairing happiness. To be defined as The Ideal State, it is necessary, but not sufficient, for these to be absent.
The following must be present: Happiness, friendship, trust, healthiness, cleanliness, sufficient resources, and awareness among all as to their role and purpose. To be defined as The Ideal State, these traits are necessary and sufficient.
Happiness: A state of well-being and contentment or a pleasurable or satisfying experience.
Pragmatism: A belief including the doctrines that: The meaning of conceptions is to be sought in their practical bearings, that the function of thought is to guide action, and that truth is preeminently to be tested by the practical consequences of belief.
Utilitarianism: The doctrine that the useful is the good and that the determining consideration of right conduct should be the usefulness of its consequences; specifically a theory that the aim of action should be the largest possible balance of pleasure over pain or the greatest happiness of the greatest number.
Note: The preceding three definitions are copyright Merriam-Webster Online. Pragmatism was founded by C. S. Peirce and William James. Utilitarianism was primarily introduced by John Stuart Mill. The ideas expressed in this piece may at times employ arguments similar to those presented by those authors, but is not necessarily derived from them.
Belief: The conviction of the truth of a statement despite the incapacity to prove objectively the belief, and which may or may not correspond to reality.
Pragmatic Beliefs: Beliefs which, despite either being untrue or being not known objectively, nonetheless allow one to operate pragmatically.
Following the house analogy presented in the definitions of the different states:
When building a house in the course of an interim state, it would not be pragmatic to assume that a house is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Instead, it is pragmatic to believe that the house must be constructed by all individuals on the project this state. It would not be pragmatic to believe that the house is already completed that is, it is not pragmatic to believe the ideal state is already realized, or will come about on its own, since houses very rarely build themselves, nor would it be pragmatic to believe that not building the house is acceptable that is, the current state is not the ideal state, and is not acceptable, since when the next storm comes it is far better to have a roof to protect from rain, and walls to protect from the wind.
In this case, the pragmatic beliefs are: that the house can be completed even though there is no evidence that completing it is guaranteed, that the house will not naturally occur, and that the current state is not the ideal state.
The Good: Actions which pragmatically work toward an ideal state; in this case: increasing the quality and quantity of life.
The Evil: Actions which hinder the construction of an ideal state.
The Irrelevant: Actions or states which have no impact on the ideal state.
Principle: A code of conduct, comprehensive and fundamental law, or doctrine.