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Friday, 6 September 2013

Issue Essay: It Is More Harmful To Compromise One's Own Beliefs Than To Adhere To Them.

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Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position.

     Compromising with one's belief implies that a person let go off his or her morals just because of some petty, selfish gains. Or that he or she does not have the guts to stand up against wrong. All the above are indications of a person with low morals and inner strength. Thus, I completely agree with the author's assertion that it is harmful to compromise with one's beliefs. I have substantial reasons to support my position. A few of them are:
     First, a person will lose his or her individuality and self-belief. If one works in a company whose ideals and policies one does not agree with, or one does not agree with one’s boss’s unethical business practices and still does not have the guts to stand up against it. That person will lose respect for himself or herself and it's a vicious circle that keeps going on. 
      In addition, there will be a loss of integrity, mutual co-operation and reliance. For instance, what if people like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela had compromised with their beliefs against foreign atrocities just because it was tough to stick to their ideals. Nothing good can be achieved without hard-work, dedication and commitment. People will lose faith in one another. Furthermore, think of what would happen if our politicians, military officials start compromising with their principles.
     Some may claim that it is more harmful to stick with one's beliefs. Because, they might be pointing at short term benefits such as sticking to a bad job, giving in to corruption just because it seems simpler. One’s beliefs should be flexible, coherent with the time. For instance, when Galileo came up his heliocentric theory people adhered to their belief in the sun centric theory, which was not at all appropriate. With changing times may be situations and circumstances change. One should be open to innovations, but it cannot be attributed that since, one is open to change compromising with one's beliefs is also appropriate. 
In the light of above points, it can be justified that, compromising with one's beliefs is a slippery slope. Once you let it go, it's hard to return. Thus, it can be concluded that compromising with one’s beliefs makes the person lose confidence, identity, self-respect and individuality and is thus deleterious in the long run. 


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