Posted by Isis at cau03.cau.cornell.edu on May 03, 2002 at 13:38:13:
In Reply to: Fool's Paradise posted by Duffless on May 03, 2002 at 13:24:17:
Excellent point. Those who don't bend, get broken, and all that.
But at some point, you have to draw the line. How far are you willing to go to get what you want? How much of your personality are you willing to change? How much of your integrity are you willing to sacrifice?
We've all got to negotiate these questions constantly. Personally I'd draw the line short of shilling for some lousy corporation. But really, I was just being over the top in my rant, it's not a completely logical argument.
: Life is compromise....to get what you want sometimes you have to do what you don't want, Do you think that anyone has ever gotten anywhere without having to Compromise...its the degree to which you are willing to do it...Jim Morrison or whoever you idolize have all had to compromise, great artists and small artists will do what they need to do to get their vision out there, or to be able to succeed the way they want to...even on a lesser scale..if you are in an arguement with someone about a decision and you feel you are 100% correct, does that mean that you shouldn't back down even an inch? Does that make you noble or an asshole? Life is compromise, in all definitions of the term...
: : Neither. Again, I don't buy that anyone ever has to do anything. Even if there's a gun against your head, you have a choice -- stick to your principles and bite the bullet, or compromise yourself in order to have a future opportunity to do what you want to do. No one is forcing Gap to make billions of dollars, poor little Olivers that they are ("we'd stick a knife in your best friend...for yoooouuuuu!" -- anyone who remember that SNL skit, I love you). No one is forcing the Coens to make big budget movies. If they CHOOSE to compromise themselves in order to do what they WANT to do, that's one thing. But I think anyone posting here knows perfectly well that you can make an excellent movie for the credit-card-charged price of a luxury SUV, if you really want to.
: : If you're an artist, in my mind, your talent, your name, and your influence are worth FAR more than money.
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