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Blessed Are Those Who Compromise Their Visions

Music: Fugue in E minor.
By Dimitri Shostakovich. Sequenced by J. Marques.

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Blessed are those who compromise their visions
And share their power with the other side,
Substituting faith for fratricide,
Trading principles for joint decisions.
Instead of blood, their battles will yield laws,
Less just, perhaps, than those they would have wanted,
Less brutal than the crimes that would have haunted
Each of them and undermined their cause.
Democracy requires compromise
And sometimes letting fools outvote the wise.
Yet some prefer the righteousness of wars.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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