“Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.”
— Janis Joplin
Here I go- using a quote again…
What is it to compromise yourself?
What do you think Joplin meant by this?
Is it compromise when a struggling musician takes a job not making music because they need to pay the bills?
A PhD in comparative literature begins writing Buzzfeed quizzes because they are more popular than the thoroughly researched papers that they once wrote?
In order to survive, do we sometimes need to do things that we don’t want to do?
How do we get on in life while being true to ourselves, when we live in a world where we must adhere to rules that we may or may not like?
Considering Joplin’s innate genius and tragic end, at what cost does compromise, or lack of, come?
How do we retain our individuality while blending in with everyone else?
I have no answers to these questions: I just have more questions…