The problem with pragmatism.

I’m reading a very difficult book.
Martin Heidegger’s What is Called Thinking?
Early in the book Heidegger writes:
“In America and elsewhere, logistics as the only proper philosophy of the future is thus beginning today to seize power over the spirit.”
The mind as a tool for practical uses.
Data, calculation, prediction, problem-solving.
Pragmatism run amok.
And what struck me is I almost stopped reading the book.
Because it’s hard.
It requires slow, deliberative attention.
And, ironically, because I haven’t discovered how it will help me.
With my agenda.
So I almost succumbed to the collective mindset I rail against.
One in which concreteness replaces curiosity.
Information suppresses imagination.
And spreadsheets smother serendipity.
But I caught myself.
So I’ll keep reading his ambiguous writing.
Not for the practicality, the ROI.
Rather for the confusion it creates.
Because it’s doubt that creates knowledge.
It’s wonder that holds the answers.
To the questions we have yet to ask.