What is a Compromise?

Cambridge Dictionary defines compromise ‘as an agreement in an argument in which the people involved reduce their demands or change their opinion or to agree’.

It can also mean.’ accepting standards that are lower than is desirable’

It’s a lengthy definition. Can this be told in simple language?

“Compromise is simply when we change the answer to fit the question” unknown

But what happens in a ‘compromise’?

‘A compromise is an agreement whereby both parties get what neither of them wanted”  unknown

What about the principles?

“The morality of compromise’ sounds contradictory. Compromise is usually a sign of weakness or an admission of defeat. Strong men don’t compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised. I shall argue that strong men, conversely, know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater principle”  Charles Handy

Is ‘adjusting’ the only way to live?

who says so?

“Compromise is not about losing. It’s about deciding that the other person has just as much right to be happy with the end  result as do” Donna Martini

Is compromising in a relationship is below the dignity?

“Compromising doesn’t mean you are wrong and someone is right, it only means that you value your relationship more than your ego” unknown

OK.what is the Fact of life?

Simple my friend.

“if everyone is happy with you then surely you have made many compromises in your life.

If you are happy with everyone, surely you have ignored many faults of others.”


What about people advising ‘Never Compromise’?

I am equally confused as you are. I understand that one should never compromise the core principles ( truth, trust, family, integrity, and self-respect)
But some jokingly said life itself is a compromise.

“Life is full of compromises, and whether or not you’re willing to negotiate”.     Julianne Moore

People also warn you that If you don’t compromise, your mind will be in pieces at the cost of its peace.

What is my take?

I feel compromise can be both healthy and unhealthy. And you have to take the call.

“There are things that are okay to compromise. There are things that are not okay to compromise. Life is about learning the difference”.  Katrina Mayer

Please share your thoughts.

Thank you.


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  3 comments for “Compromise

  1. November 6, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Your post and all the quotes included are so timely now. I hope the U.S. can accept elected officials no matter their political persuasion. It may take a bit of compromising, but that’s OK with me!

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  2. November 7, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    I agree that it’s primarily about balance (like everything in life). Core principles should be clung to, with a willingness to compromise in other areas.

    More and more people seem to have no core principles however OR rationalize almost everything as a threat to their core principles. How we fix that, I don’t know.


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