Compromise – Why It’s A Happy Thing
There’s a common misconception in relationships – mustn’t one make “compromises”? The truth is, compromising is not a betrayal of your integrity, rather it’s something you’d happily do.
To forgo your values and virtues for the sake of reaching an ideal is not a compromise, but a betrayal. You must never forsake your integrity – for you will surely regret it.
NEVER do anything you wouldn’t do!
If it’s something that’s within your ethical and moral code, it’s within things you’ll accept, that’s great! If it’s something you wouldn’t do (commit murder, steal, cheat, whatever), don’t do it! You’ll regret it.
I’ll give you some for examples: bargaining a price with someone is a common agreement on the virtue of *trade*. If, on the other hand you attempted to acquire it for free – that would be stealing, not compromise. A burglar attempting to take a homeowners possession is not a compromise – since there isn’t a compromising rather a coerced taking. On a more practical sense, lashing a bullwhip and leaving marks when you specifically pre-negotiated no leaving marks, isn’t a compromise, but a betrayal, and mustn’t be tolerated.
On the other hand, to come to an agreement with your beloved upon a worthwhile ideal, is a compromise, yet of course is not a betrayal to your integrity, and in fact, something you’d happily do!