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Fortune Cookie Friday: Compromise

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Greetings, fellow fortune seekers! I trust this Friday has you feeling great about your week. If not, at least it’s the weekend, and tomorrow is always a new day!

Today, our fortunes have a new topic than the last few fortune cookie posts, that is!

Compromise is always wrong if it means sacrificing a principle. 

Wow. This cookie is taking no prisoners.

As usual (in case you’re new here), when I post a fortune cookie, I intuitively let its message guide me to say something that I think may help us disrupt negativity around us.

One of the reasons I started this blog is because of social media and its effects on our (un)happiness. I can’t tell you how much fighting I see on social media on a regular basis. That’s what comes to mind when I see this fortune, because it got me thinking about how people communicate about their differences.

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If you read this cookie at face value, it would seem that we should be unbending, but I think Victor Hugo, author of Les Misérables, had an interesting take on the concept of compromise in his Intellectual Autobiography, Ideas on Literature, Philosophy, and Religion:

 “Change your opinions, keep to your  principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.”

It basically says the same thing as today’s fortune, but in a way that gives a possible pathway for polite discourse.

Come to think of it: trees shed old leaves and grow new ones. So how can we put this concept of compromise and principles into place when we feel tempted to get into a rollicking good fight with someone on the internet?

Drop me a line with your thoughts on this topic, or let me know your interpretation of this fortune! After all, just because this is what came to my mind when I saw it, doesn’t mean it’s the only way to look at it!

Have a great week! 🐝

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