'Life is the art of the possible' - this is one of my favourite sayings and hints at the inevitable compromise between impossible idealism and the do-able or pragmatic. Now most of the time I never find myself in a tussle between pragmatism and idealism - most of the time they amount to the same thing in my book.
However I'm presently wrestling with a situation that is troubling me. What is pragmatic is not what is ideal. What I feel is ideal, is also what I think should happen - but not everyone agrees with me. I can live with the pragmatic option - however it will be an uncomfortable position for me. It feels like the classic Harry Hill's TV Burp moment when he decides to have a 'fight' between his two competing positions!
As a lawyer I often explain to clients that the only people who can afford to have principles are the very rich or the very stupid who are prepared to fight for them - and happily fill the lawyer's coffers.
So ... can I navigate these choppy waters with my principles and dignity still intact? Time alone will tell! Sorry to be opaque about the issue - sometimes you just have to work it out yourself!