The Cost of Compromise

D.L. Crumpton
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We like to tell ourselves that we live in some civilized age, where reason and rational thought reign supreme due to the fact that we have polished up the barbarity that still drives most of humanity. We have put a veneer on human nature, at its base, through technology, titles, and what are considered “norms” of society. We play-pretend, that in our modern era, everything can be worked out with one another, when in disputes, if we just have enough patience, empathy, and eagerness to compromise, when possible, with each other. You know, have the understanding to see from one another’s point of view and have humility to give up some things with anticipation, the other side will reciprocate in good faith, in order for all parties to be content and move forward. And if it were true that we do indeed live in some civilized age where the reasonable and rational ran the world, (or even populated it with a majority) the act of compromising might sound like a good thing. It might sound like the most logical thing in disputes to work towards. Alas, it is not true, and we do not live in that age. And as the barbarity of man rises up to the surface again, past the veneer of “order”, we have deluded ourselves into believing was in control, the cost of compromise must be considered in the reality of our world.


Our world, especially as of late, is becoming more and more obvious to most certainly not be under the management of angels. From sea to shining sea, and even further than that, the light of the Sun is burning down upon the corruption that has been ever so deeply rooted, just beneath, in all our systems. Seems to me, the theme of the year (historical note; the year of this scribble is 2024) is the monsters of society, in politics, entertainment, high society, low society, and every demographic in between; are being brought forth to the light of day. Along with all those who assisted them through action or apathy. Good Sir, Kat Williams kicked us all off to a right, good start by setting the example of how indeed a civilized society ought to respond to unrighteous, indignity. Unrighteous, indignity that in some way or another, has affected each and every one of us. We, with eyes to see, have to know that the recent coming forth, revealing, and apocalypse of prominent people, institutions, celebrity, and nations that are hard-wired into our daily lives, to be the vilest den of vipers. And thus, the current state of affairs in the entire world. Why? Compromise.


Compromises, little-bitty compromises, here and there along the way with this unrighteous indignity that has been growing amongst humanity as if it were also humanity. The slow, steady, trickle of allowance via compromise, with those who we (through our naivety) assume are ‘reasonable & rational’, over the course of history has gotten us to the shambles of the laughingstock of what we call society. The emperor has no clothes and now everybody most certainly knows. The drywall is rotting from the wood and the wood is nearly consumed by termites. You know it. I know it. We all know it. Due to the failure of good people, not digging their heels in on doing that which is right no matter the odds and no matter the stakes – Surprise! You live in a world of human-child, sex trafficking. Isn’t that horrifying? Isn’t that terrifying? Doesn’t it make you infuriated enough to do something about the fact that you live in that world? And if it does, because it should, then you have to see that that’s possible, because good people do nothing. Or worse. They compromise to act on what is right when the opportunity to do so presents itself to them. As it is said in the scriptures, ‘you lack the courage of your convictions, sir’.


And now here we are. Armageddon. Individually. Nationally. Globally. And even further than that. All our tiny personal, and not so tiny and impersonal worlds are all falling apart. Somewhere along the line, if you trace it back far enough in our collective story and your own personal life I would guarantee where all the trouble started was when there was a compromise with this unrighteous indignity that visits us all. This force that resists us all in others and institutions through threat, duress, coercion, manipulation, and all sorts of other malevolent methods of subjugating others. Often times the innocent. Remember that bully in middle school that got off on traumatizing his or her peers? Did you ever see a scenario where the best or most likely outcome of the bully/bullied dynamic is where they both come to a compromise? Of course not. That isn’t how the dynamic works, now is it?


No, the dynamic of bully/bullied goes a few different ways so hear me out. In one scenario the bully accomplishes its goal and traumatizes the bullied into fear, faint, and faun. In the event the bullied allows this scenario to continue unrectified it is most likely the bullying will continue ad nauseum. This will of course cause detrimental, adverse consequences for the bullied for life. And even further than that. It will also embolden the bully that this sort of behavior is how one gets what they want in life and the bully will only grow bigger, and more ruthless in its methods over time. As you can see, this is not an ideal scenario. Nevertheless, it occurs far too often. So, let’s take a look at another scenario.


This time, the bully begins its bullshit with the bullied and an outside, messiah figure, do-gooder comes along and happens to see the nonsense transpiring. With swiftness, the do-gooder intervenes and puts the bullied in its place with equal or greater force in physicality or willingness for lethality, which is to say, oh yes, the do-gooder will take it there. Normally, in this scenario the bully will skitter away, perhaps with a protest or two but in any event the bully/bullied dynamic was somewhat averted. And sure, this is probably a better scenario because the bullied didn’t get walloped yet again in this instance. But this wouldn’t have the most optimal of outcomes now, would it? The bullied would probably develop some complexes about self-worth having not taken the opportunity to stand up for himself or herself. And more likely than not, more opportunities for the bully to come back round and collect its pound of flesh while the outside, messiah figure, do-gooder is nowhere to be seen is probable. Like, it’s gonna happen. Then where is the bullied? Right back to square one. But probably worse than that.


Therefore, in the face of unrighteous indignity when taking the form of a bully in a bully/bullied dynamic, the best possible scenario would go something like this; the bully begins their bullshit with the would-be-bullied. The would-be-bullied recognizes this unrighteous indignity before them for what it is. Comprehends that compromise with a bully is a not an option. Quickly evaluates that in the event the bully/bullied dynamic plays out to altercation, it is likely the would-be-bullied will most certainly be injured somewhat in the scuffle. The would-be-bullied accepts this likelihood. Then proceeds to grab that motherfucker by the throat and squeeze until it crunches. Or die trying. Yeah, it could get a bit messy but let’s face it, in this hypothetical and metaphorical scenario it’s probably the best course of action with the best results afterwards for everyone. The would-be-bullied breaks the dynamic or at the very least greatly reduces the dynamic from the impact that it has further down the road and has a sense of pride and confidence in himself or herself in having defended themselves. Emboldening them to continue doing this sort of thing in the future. And the bully learns a valuable lesson. Not everyone is simply going to put up with their bullshit without a resistance that can only come from a place of no compromise.


There is always a cost to compromise. And in a civilized world ran by angels and free from the unrighteous indignity that pervades us all, daily, perhaps the cost wouldn’t be so bad. And sure, in many instances or disputes with truly rational and reasonable people, compromise can occur. However, compromise in the company of violators, deceivers, and opportunists devoid of empathy for their fellow man comes with a cost quite often that can never be paid off. Pray to God a generation visits this Earth once again that will dig their heels in on what is right, let the chips fall where they may, and refuse to compromise with unrighteous indignity wheresoever it may rear its ugly heads. As never before in human history, a nebulously authored quote will define our generations that have gotten us to the state of affairs we are in.  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.



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Daniel Louis Crumpton, author of the groundbreaking novel "Then Came the Flood" (Westbow Press), is an enigmatic visionary, writer, and thinker whose journey through life has been a ceaseless exploration of boundless horizons. Born with an insatiable curiosity and an innate drive for understanding the intricacies of existence, Crumpton has dedicated his life to delving into the depths of various disciplines, from philosophy and spirituality to science and the arts. From an early age, Crumpton exhibited a rare talent for weaving words into profound narratives that resonate deeply with the human experience. This gift led him to pursue a path as a writer, captivating readers with his ability to distill complex concepts into eloquent prose. His works effortlessly bridge the gap between the esoteric and the tangible, inviting readers to ponder the profound questions that often lie at the heart of existence. Crumpton's literary exploration extends beyond the written word, as he is also a passionate advocate for fostering open dialogue and intellectual exchange. Through his engaging discussions and thought-provoking lectures, he has cultivated a vibrant community of like-minded individuals who are equally committed to exploring the realms of consciousness, the mysteries of the universe, and the human condition. In addition to his pursuits in writing and speaking, Crumpton's multifaceted nature is evident in his creative endeavors. Crumpton's journey has been one of continuous evolution, marked by an unyielding determination to push the boundaries of conventional thought. He challenges preconceptions and invites others to question the status quo, fostering an environment where growth and transformation thrive. His insatiable hunger for knowledge has led him to traverse diverse landscapes, from the halls of academia to the quiet contemplation of nature. As an explorer of both the outer cosmos and the inner dimensions of the mind, Daniel Louis Crumpton remains an inspiring figure whose life serves as a testament to the profound impact of unbridled curiosity, fearless inquiry, and the relentless pursuit of truth. His legacy is one that encourages us all to embrace the unknown, expand our perspectives, and embark on our own journeys of discovery. His writing has been featured on ZENINTHECAR.COM, OCHELLI.COM, DOWNLOADEDCONTENT.COM amongst many others. His views, ideas, insights and humorous perspectives on current social and political issues have been heard on internationally and nationally syndicated radio broadcasts such as Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis, Lighting the Void with Joe Rupe, The Ochelli Effect with Chuck Ochelli, The Vinny Eastwood Show and Coast to Coast with George Noory. Daniel Louis Crumpton’s ongoing experimental, introspective and conscious streamed writings, podcasts, videos and interviews can be found collected at D.L. Crumpton is also well known for his charitable work with the CannaSense Total Wellness collective (, which provides medical cannabis to patients in all 50 states.

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