Mellen (absentmammoth) wrote,
Mellen
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So that's where war comes from...

Paul McCartney's "We Can Work It Out" always said something I thought was a bit...off.

Try to see it my way,
Do I have to keep on talking till I can't go on?
While you see it your way,
Run the risk of knowing that our love may soon be gone.
We can work it out,
We can work it out.

Think of what you're saying.
You can get it wrong and still you think that it's all right.
Think of what I'm saying,
We can work it out and get it straight, or say good night.
We can work it out,
We can work it out.

Try to see it my way,
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong.
While you see it your way
There's a chance that we may fall apart before too long.
We can work it out,
We can work it out.

Try to see it my way,
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong.
While you see it your way
There's a chance that we may fall apart before too long.
We can work it out,
We can work it out.

Note: I have omitted the Lennon composed chorus verses.

Seems his idea of compromise is "Well, we can do it my way, which is right, or your way, which is obviously wrong. So, shall we agree then to do it my way?" Says a lot about Paul, don't you think?

Yet, I know other people who actually think this is a good way to try and settle a dispute. When their ideas are challenged, they simply continue to repeat themselves and call upon what is clearly the righteous stance of their position. For them it's not a question of hearing the other side, but stating why the other party should change their mind. There's just no settling with them, no matter what you do, until you agree with them. I'd call it "fighting", but maybe I'm wrong. Who knows? I'm open to other interpretations, should anyone like to present them to me.

I wish people really understood what compromise was, not just the false idea that it's a synonym for, "Do as I say."

We can work it out. It just takes work. The idea seems to be going out of style though...
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