英文文法解析 - settling for less

以下為美國總統歐巴馬就職演說的內容摘要。 In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the... 顯示更多 以下為美國總統歐巴馬就職演說的內容摘要。

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given.
It must be earned.
Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less.
It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.

請問上述的"Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. "此句話的settling for less是一名詞片語?若不是的話,為何可以和short-cuts用or連接在一起?若是名詞片語的話,請說明settling for less成為名詞片語的文法結構。謝謝
更新: Hi Louis,

one of short-cuts or settling for less此一主詞補語是指one of short-cuts及settling for less二件事呢?還是short-cuts或 settling for less這二件事中的其中任何一件事呢?我個人是認為應是後者
更新 2: 因為從”Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less.”句意來看,Obama應是強調美國建國的歷程(our journey)從未是short-cuts或 settling for less這二件事中的其中任何一個(one of short-cuts or settling for less)。
更新 3: 雖然你說one of short-cuts及settling for less是分別的二件事,語意及文法皆可說的過去,但感覺上應不是Obama的原意。

不知我的看法對不對,敬請不吝賜教,謝謝。
更新 4: 我是根據「settling for less 是和 one of short-cuts兩者平行的片語,都屬名詞性質」這句話推論認為「你說one of short-cuts及settling for less是分別的二件事」。

若我推論錯誤,自當無我上述的認知。
更新 5: Hi 一木仙,

若是one of short-cuts及settling for less是分別的二件事,則Obama對此二件事用never來表達其皆持否定的意見時,為何one of short-cuts及settling for less的連接詞是用or,而不用and
更新 6: 我個人認為用or的話,是二者之一,隠含有選擇性的。
但是用and的話,則無任何選擇空間的。
更新 7: 但是若short-cuts或 settling for less是二件事的話,由於one of short-cuts或 settling for less的任何一件事,皆被never完完全全地否定。因此,不會產生任何選擇空間。這樣用or連接的話,就應可符合Obama的原意。

以上為個人的淺見,若有錯誤的地方,請不否賜教。謝謝。
更新 8: Hi 一木仙,

謝謝你的指正。很受用。
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