With the clock ticking on our federal government's debate regarding the debt ceiling, now seems like the right time to ask: How do our beliefs affect our ability to compromise?
My propositions, for your discussion:
First, the presumption behind the question: Sometimes, compromise is necessary, and said ability is one worth having, especially in a pluralistic society. The perfect really is the enemy of the good.
That does not mean, however, that compromise is always good. Sometimes obstruction of a bad thing is the best thing for a particular time.
Many religions, my own among them, too often block compromise. Believing that, in one way or another, God's will has been revealed to you makes it hard to accept something different.