This I Believe

Aaron - Shelbyville, Indiana
Entered on September 20, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30
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Compromise with Evil

How many holes does it take to sink a ship? All that is really necessary is one hole, a single break in the solid foundation of the ship’s floor. Through this, any amount of water could seep in, ending that three-hour tour rather quickly. What if one could compromise with the agent carving the hole? Since both sides give in during a compromise, the ship could not come away unharmed. The only compromise would maybe be a smaller hole. The ship would be doomed, and the “compromise” would be useless. In the same way, when Good gives in to Evil, even just a bit, evil has already won.

In the previous example, the structure of the boat protected the contents from the watery depths below. All it takes is one compromise, or hole in the bottom of the boat, to ruin whatever is inside. When I was younger, I remember one time being asked for the answers to a homework assignment. I said no, but to make the boy happy, I “accidentally” left my paper on my desk so he could see my answers. The teacher did not catch him. Neither of us got in trouble. He got what he wanted, even if it wasn’t all he had originally sought. But I did lose. I lost a sense of decency that I had held until then. Even by only positioning my paper, I had given in. All it took was that little slip and Evil had beaten Good.

Globally, I can only think of the most obvious personification of Evil in the modern world. This comes in the face of Islamo-Fascism, a sect of Islam that is against freedom, equality, and the right to live as anything but a Muslim. After 9/11, our country finally responded to this War on Terror. Should we attempt to take a shortcut to peace by a compromise, the entire effort would have been useless and Good will have surrendered to Evil. We can NOT compromise with Evil! The terrorists will kill us no matter what deal we strike, for our death is their goal, not peace, like ours.

Those who hail compromise often do so from a standpoint of wanting peace. Sounds nice, right? This “peace”, however, cannot possibly occur if both sides are still extant and hostile toward each other. In the cheating example, I lost the battle, but the war raged on. That boy knew I would give in, so the first compromise was not the last. Eventually, I did put an end to it by refusing to give in any further. Victory brought peace. Peace can only be achieved AFTER victory (Limbaugh Doctrine). Without victory on one side or the other, the conflict will go on indefinitely, with Good losing a battle each time she makes a compromise. Today, Good is dueling Evil on many fronts. But one thing can be said about all of these battles: if Good compromises, Evil wins.