What are everyone's takes on this? Is compromise a good thing, or a bad thing? If it is inherently one or the other, are there exceptions where it could act as the opposite? Any thoughts?
I got into this conversation about a year ago with my old lit. teacher. We had watched the movie Ragtime in his class, and it presented a situation I found interesting.
The situation: The protagonist is a black man who owns his own car. He is driving along, minding his own business, and he finds the road blacked by a firetruck parked outside the station. He gets out of his car to request the firement move the truck, which they do after a certain amount of ridicule. When he returns to his car, he finds the seat covered in manure. Infuriated, he demands that the firemen clean it up. They laugh, and the confrontation escalates. A policeman ends up arresting the protagonist.
After this, he proceeds to attempt to file a complaint against the FD and possibly to PD, I'm not sure. His car, in the meantime, has been practically destroyed by the firemen. He faces impossible odds and no moral support.
Eventually, his finace hears that the president is coming to town. Eager to help her lover, she goes down (this was back in the time of train campaigns) and in the attempt to get the president's attention, ends up being (Shot? beaten? I forget) because someone yells that she has a gun. She ends up dying.
My argument was that had the protagonist simply swallowed his pride and cleaned the car, he would have avoided a huge amount of personal hardship, including the loss of his wife.
I believe some things are more important than pride... and to me, my personal happiness is more important than sacrificing my life to a greater cause. Of course, I'm still young, and that might make me more selfish than a lot of people... but I personally don't see anything wrong with that.
Okay... I'll shut up now... but I'm really interested in what people think on this one.
"Love is a piano
dropped from a four story window
and you were in the wrong place
at the wrong time." -Ani DiFranco