“…Oh, malady Johnny you’ve got a seed in your head
It is the seed of your demise
Ambition’s gonna lure you away
Into the land of compromise…”
kevin gilbert – city of the sun
I was thinking about the awesome ayn rand quote “There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, grip but the middle is always evil”.
I think of the awesome penn jillette quote “compromise means no one gets what they want” and how the people who think there’s honor in the grey area always embrace compromise. (They embrace compromise for others, thumb actually, not themselves.)
Compromise: two parties giving something up to create something that is inferior to each person’s individual concept.
There is no word defining two parties working on something and giving up something to create something better. I think, perhaps, that is the occasional outcome of what some may say is compromise. But it’s not. It is another word.
We have two things now:
- The first – after each person has given something up – is crap
- The second – after each person has given something up – is better
The “world is a grey area” people will tell you that both of those define compromise. I submit that by using the word compromise to contain both of those concepts, is a compromise of the word compromise!!!
There needs to be a word for the second instance: Two parties giving something up to create something better.
Maybe it’s partnership. It’s not compromise.