Everything Costs Something.
Don’t think you’re going to get out of this for free. Your ideals cost. Giving them up costs. Your integrity is expensive. So is losing your integrity. It costs to try. It costs to give up. Some of these costs you pay in lump sums, up front, in gold. Other costs are like credit cards. They take a percent in interest for the privilege of deferring that lump sum and then you’re eighty and you realize that you’ve paid millions for a hundred dollar decision.
You will pay. Get it out of your head that this doesn’t apply to you. You will pay, and you will pay dearly. The question is what do you want back for the payment: safety or bravery?