Pragmatism is the only philosophy of success

Pragmatism has gotten a bad rap over the years.

Coined by John Dewey it is often regarded as the American philosophy

More so than Objectivism

The bad rap comes from an effective campaign of people who don’t want you to succeed.

If you know the wrong facts about Dewey

then you know he is credited with the American k-12 education model

-false-

He pioneered the Dewey decimal system

-true-

He advocated for standardized testing

-false-

If you know the mis-characterizations of pragmatism then you may have heard

Follow your emotions… Take Action

-Rucka Rucka Ali

Pragmatism is concerned with getting the job done at any practical cost. It is not a cruelty free philosophy. If a man stands in your way and killing him allows you to cross, then that is the pragmatic demand of the situation.

-H.B. Brag

Pragmatism is just an excuse to justify a Hedonistic lifestyle. “Do What Feels Good.”

Over what is actually and objectively good for both you and society at large.

– Stephen Strawman

But the truth is simple, yet nuisance and messy as with all things in life.

The truth (IMHO) is that pragmatism would best be described as the Scientific Method applied to life.

Pragmatists start with their feelings that is true. They use those feelings to form a hypothesis.

Hypothesis- “I should be a banker.”

then they gather data and preform tests as necessary to prove or disprove that hypothesis.

LONG before they declare a college major and/or career path.

The end result helps them decide whether or not to pursue banking.

Some people will love banking, Some will not but could stand it, and some one you know thinks it’s a great idea but you know they will burn out of the finance world like a magician’s flash-paper.

Now Education and Pragmatism

Dewey advocated not for a grading system and standardized tests but for a system closer to UN-schooling. Where the teacher is a facilitators and course direction and study is determined by the students who create their own projects and experiments then evaluate the results of the experiment as well as their course of action. Their can not be a grade scale because even in failure knowledge will be gained on evaluation. As opposed to the current American model or rote memorization and regurgitate on demand.

for example

if you remember

THE MITOCHONDRIA IS THE POWER-HOUSE OF THE CELL.

That is because of hours and hours of rote learning.

(Which has it’s place. Letters, math tables, trig functions. Many things can be learned best through rote education.)

What can not be learned through rote education is Critical Thinking and Abstract Problem Solving.

Pragmatism teaches you where to start

with a feeling

“I feel like I can do a back-flip.”

teaches you to test that feeling against reality

-tries back-flip

Measure the outcome. Did you succeed or fail? Why? Did you enjoy the attempt?

Then that serves as a basis for continuing forward.

I write these thorns to solidify, my own positions on these topics. Because the mere act of writing a short and finished -though unpolished- article has helped my writing speed and quality in my true calling Pulp novella writing.

I actually get more energy and focus after having written an article like this than if I was just to tick away an equivalent word count or about 1-2% of my next novella. This boost in my mood about having something personally achieved allows me to tackle the 5-15% novella quota I have each week.

This is pragmatism in action.

It took two hours in writing this but I know that It was worth more than the 3 hours I spent last week on Twitter entertaining myself and trying to convince myself that I am learning how to optimize my exposure on the platform @hppotweeter. Be tea dubs.

Much love, HngyHngyHppo

I promise you’ll read this and smirk

As storytellers we make a promise to our readers that they will at the very least be entertained. If we don’t fulfill this promise, they will but down the book and find something else that fulfills that desire to be entertained.

What does that mean though?

To be entertained.

Of course for everyone it is a different and unique flavor pf desire. Some like a complete character growth arc one where the lonely neglected street urchin becomes king honored, refined, and desired. Through their journey we achieve a temporary relief from our own dissatisfaction with our place in this would.

If you don’t know what you are promising your genre reader than you won’t be successful. Period.

I write pulp western fantasy novellas.

My first promise is simple.

SEX

Premo Prose,

Ink stains that your eyes easily…oh so… effortlessly slide over crafting euphemistic yet euphoric images inside your minds,

I promise a sweet dark chocolate surprise somewhere hidden within my text.

But I am not writing Erotica. I’m writing Pulp I am literally writing easy to digest garbage. Staple of the pulp promise are racy plot driven stories that finish quickly and leave no marks on the reader after the experience is over.

My second promise is a bit more complicated

Western stories

mean more than the three decades of American expansionism that sprung the genre. In its basic elements a western is a story following an unchanging iconic hero often a stoic emotionally as they navigate a hostile world. At the bare minimum it must contain the stoic emotionally distant hero and a hostile world. No gun-play and cowboy boots needed.

My fantasy promise

is the fantastical. From the magic’s of the elder dragons of the northern kingdom to the rumors of dwarves. These are facts of reality for the denizens that populate my world and stories but they are not of the earth that we inhabit and when you read about how an illusion caster summons lighting from the clouds. You should be impressed and your own imagination should run with the questions of how, why, what if, and that would mean, etc.

Those are the basics of my promises to readers

This blog has made the promise that if you didn’t smirk you’ve left unsatisfied

and well i am sorry but this is a blog

and as such it’s only promise is that it is a web based log of it’s author’s thoughts. Which it is.

I didn’t promise Shakespearean turn of phrase.

I didn’t promise you atmospheric mastery like Lovecraft.

[Self thought: it would be rather ironic once my writing mastery has reached the point where I can craft works on par with Lovecraft or Hemingway but have to shelve those works because they do not satisfy the promise of pulp western fantasies.]

What have you promised your readers? Drop it in the comments. I’ll get to it if I can

By entering genre fiction.

Much love,

Hngyhngyhppo

Ownership of Time

Everyone has 164 hours a week. Except for me. How did I gain more?

It’s not about sliding in a extra hour here and there. Winding back to clock only to have it catch up later. It’s about divesting that time

We each have a week, seven days. Most work 5 for wages and two for debt. Debts to family, faith, and fun. I work 3 nights for wages, hard labor which has had a better effect on my physique than any workout regiment I have tried and quit. Then I work three days behind the keyboard, til my brain is tapped out. Spend the next two days paying my debts. That’s right I have eight days a week but the real miracle is that by varying my daily focus from physical, mental, and spiritual. I actually have two weeks in a seven day period…

I want you to remember what you did last week. Odds are you only remember a few things, significant and insignificant. I was late to work on Tuesday, Thursday I had a second cup of coffee before first break which is unusual. You had just as much time as me but like water the memory of that time has slipped from your hand. So while we have had the same amount of time. I’ve actually had twice the experience because I remember more of the experience.

Whats best is that since I am removed from the tasks associated with one of my weeks for an extended period of time. It give me time to analyze and evaluate what I’ve learned and how I’ve spent that time. So that by the time my hard labor is done I have a new plan to attack my mental labor. When my mental labor is under completion, I can contemplate my spiritual labor.

How can I best serve my family friends and faith?

Then as my spiritual labor comes to a close,

How can I improve upon my mental labor?

I hope that the word keeps this a secret, because honestly we are in competition and I am to win.

Victory being young men with reading speeds of close to 1,000 words per minute.

Take care, and remember its

how much time you’ve spent getting experience

It’s about how much experience you can get out of time.

With love,

HngyHngyHppo