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Uncompromising compromise or rationalization?

by Nenad Todorovski on 11th June, 2013 at 10:46 PM CEST

Looking in retrospect through modern history, we cannot but conclude that compromise is the one and only thing keeping humanity off the void of possible apocalyptic disasters. Just imagine where the world would be if the Cuban Missile Crisis didn’t get a peaceful resolution of mutual acceptance of terms. In its basis, compromise is defined as a settlement in which each side makes concessions in the hopes of reaching a mutually satisfying agreement. Basically, every party sacrifices portions of demands or demands in general for the greater good. It is present in every sphere of our existence – from simple one-on-one arguments, to full-scale, listen-or-we’ll-burn-the-world fiascos… as the abovementioned.

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And before you get bored of all the “peace and tolerance” talks, I’ll try to raise a question – what’s the point where you say “enough is enough”? To be more specific, is compromise the single, most uncompromising thing we know of? Or, let’s put it this way: where’s the fine line between compromising for the greater good and simple rationalization of our delusions?

To be honest, I find this kind of compromise (read rationalization) to be one of the greatest culprits for the rising number of problems and dissatisfaction in modern times. It’s funny how one compromise leads to another, and another… and another, and before you know it, bum, every party in a conflict ends up far-off the initial requirements. The question – who’s to say what’s crucial and what’s not in a Mexican stand-off situation?

Personally, what bothers me most is that “sacrifice” part mentioned above. What inspired me? My surroundings! Every day, I see people rationalizing nonsense under the false premises that they are compromising. How come? Let’s see: “…this government sucks, but the previous was even worse. We’re good this way”, or “the x law doesn’t even tend for 50% of people’s need, but we couldn’t have imagined it 10 years ago. It’s better than nothing”, or, on a more personal level, “modern music sucks big time, yet again I have to listen to it just because there are no other alternatives”… Unaware of it, in almost all of these situations, we make compromise with ourselves and the rest of the society which led to the ultimate rationalization of a lost cause. Basically, we make peace with our conscious, forcing our thoughts into imaginary reality of success.

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To set things straight, the majority of people still believe in the power of compromise, me being one of them. This feisty tool of reason led to the partially peaceful status-quo of today’s world – it is far from perfect, but, hey, at least we’re still out here, alive and kicking. There are times when it’s essential to shake hands and say “we met halfway there… we did well”. But, what separates us from the rest of the living beings is our minds. If we could clash ideas and opinions with words and arguments instead of weapons and destruction, and let the better though win, would we really need compromise?

Nenad Todorovski, Writers Action Team #11

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Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

Dear Nenad Todorovski !! that s a very amazing writing.......

keep it up......
very well done.

13th June, 2013 @ 7:23 AM CEST

Samuel Duru

Samuel Duru | Action team

I think if we could listen to the voice of reason, and learn to cooperate and co-create rather than compete, we would achieve more. And there will be no fighting, conflicts and wars.

13th June, 2013 @ 6:15 PM CEST

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