Strange to think how many may imagine the middle way as some kind of revised and elevated compromise in their lives -- another negotiated settlement in which both sides leave the walnut-paneled board room and proclaim themselves satisfied with some juiceless peace.
To my mind, this is crap. The middle way is uncompromising. Better to stop treating it from a position of some mewling merchant, scuffing a humble toe in the sand and promising to be ever-so-good. Bullshit!
Imagine ... day and night for years on end, there has been one compromise after another, one deal after another, one go-along-to-get-along maneuver after another, one socially well-coiffed posture after another ... forever meeting life, kissing its hand and murmuring, "let's make a deal."
The middle way is uncompromising ... and, if I had to guess, you wouldn't have it any other way.