com·pro·mise (noun) an agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions.“an ability to listen to two sides in a dispute, and devise a compromise acceptable to both”
Seems to me in this day and age of partisan politics that compromise is a word forgotten.
Our society seems gridlocked between stubborn extremes of Radical Right (Tea Party) and Progressive Left. They stand alone on principle and refuse to give an inch to the other side.
Generally speaking, each of these extreme groups make the delusional claim of representing a majority opinion, value, or belief, when in fact they typically represent a small but vocal minority. These self-appointed, self-empowered, loud-mouthed extremists hold their perceived “party line” no matter what. By “no matter what,” I mean to the point they forsake and defy a certain amount of logic, common sense and pragmatism.
Individuals and dogmatically extreme groups will never make progress by standing in their own bile. And those who believe they will are fooling themselves if they think they don’t look and sound ridiculous.
Anyone who claims to be a leader while stubbornly adhering to ideology needs a dose of reality. They would do well to come to the table, pull up a seat, eat a little humble pie, and talk about ways to work together, give and take, and compromise.
Alex Taylor will regularly contribute more Words to Live By.