Competition and cooperation impose definite and diverse effects on every one of us.
Some fellows are in their element when there is a rival with whom to do battle. With these people, what they believe to be “winning” is everything.
Others are quite happy to ignore any and all competition and focus on Creativity.
They do not have to prove themselves to be the best to others.
Even so, they do have to consistently be, and do, their best.
The remaining folk, possibly forming the largest group, simply vacillate.
Bewildered, these remaining folk strive along. Alone. Courageously eking out a living in a World increasingly being dominated by the extremely competitive who want everyone else's share.
Being forced to compete, or being placed in a competitive situation, can drive sensitive souls to the depths of despair.
Gentle Spirits have a predilection to seek a peaceful ambiance where quiet intelligent discourse fires their thinking and imagination in the same manner that competition with the intent to crush opponents, feeds the desire to win, in more aggressive individuals.
These gentle types often become, to use the sporting term, sidelined. More often than not, permanently. Watching on impotently. At a loss as to how to gain attention and contribute their likely solutions in a chaotic situation.
The related predilections which must be so closely respected in a collaborative effort, are often abused in an inflamed competitive environment.
the consequential squandering of talent and ability in a tangled mire of
The desire to cooperate and collaborate becomes distorted and lost in the wispy fogginess of disingenuous competition. Goaded and driven by stronger desires and urges to mindlessly dominate and control.
Even at the highest positions of Human
administrative duties. In situations of critical Authority and Leadership, where it is possibly more essential than anywhere else, to
maintain Harmony and sound relations, we find destructive competitive
forces at work.
The temptation of Aggrandizement is a powerful seducer. Others well-being often not on the agenda.
Personal Development enables
one to resist this temptation and negate the destructive forces inherent in lower plane thinking.
The era of all out competition is coming to a close, for the simple reason that Technology is already so complex that even the largest Companies and most well endowed Nations on the Planet are struggling to go it alone and are increasingly forming “strategic” alliances with opponents.
Seemingly unaware that it is not their warlike planning, but the Principle of Cooperation that delivers the goods.
We are being compelled to cooperate. Particularly in regards to the Newest Technologies. This is the price Nature demands. Coopetition is a first step in this inevitable direction.
The successful and fertile collaborative endeavors between these supposed rivals is heart warming. And should serve as inspiration to Politicians, and others, who are undertaking to achieve equitable and productive outcomes in whatever field they operate.
The original Olympic Games offers substantial evidence that competition and cooperation are not mutually exclusive.
These initial Games welcomed all comers who wished to trial their Sporting Abilities against others. As a condition of entry, all “normal” squabbling and bickering, between Individuals, or States, was suspended for the duration of the Event.
Proving beyond doubt that when the Will
prevails, all things are possible.
A commendable attitude indeed. Howbeit the early Olympic Organizers got it only semi right.
In an early example of prejudice - - -
Females, half the brainpower, talent, and ability available, were forbidden
outright from taking part in, or being present at the games.
The excuse that the events were to be conducted nude, professedly to prevent cheating, is not a reason. And is a lousy defense, for subjugating and excluding half the intellectual resources and physical skills, on the Planet. An abominable practice still finding currency in many parts of the World today.
To change this untenable state of affairs, the World
needs You, and Me, and our Open Minds.
Individuals with open minds are our shining stars of hope to eliminate strife and tragedy causing ignorance. Replacing ignorance with enlightenment and progress.
Humans possess the Intelligence necessary to influence and guide their own Evolution. In a conscious manner.
Technology, and our ability to harness and employ it, represents one side of that evolutionary coin.
Individually, one's Mental Attitude, manifest in one's Behavior and Conduct, and hence our Actions, represents the other side.
An individual's prosperous and harmonious well-being is pivotally dependent on that attitude being positive, congenial, all inclusive, and cosmopolitan.
Competition, used carelessly, does not lead in this direction.
Approached from the viewpoint of this Philosophy of Personal Development, advancing Humans to higher planes of existence, via our ability to think expansively, demands competition and cooperation be used in conjunction with intelligent thought, to bring out the best in an individual.
We know, without being told, Sound Structures need rock solid foundations and sound framework. Emulating this physically sound structure in the metaphysical sense should be our end goal.
Then - - -
Challenges can be met without drawing blood, much more satisfyingly, and profitably, for all involved.
As a species we simply cannot afford the often unrecoverable waste, both material and psychological, engendered by profligate competition between Nations and Peoples within those Nations. Even less so with Humanities very survival at stake.
Competition, per se,
will not rescue us from the mess we find ourselves in. Cooperation and Collaboration can. If we adopt it.
Good competition used as the spur of encouragement can serve as a useful adjunct.
Cooperation has the tendency to build and strengthen bonds between wise individuals who practice it as a matter of course.
Conversely, competition in the form of rivalry wedges in place an irremovable barrier between entities who practice the desire to be dominant and reserve rewards for the few.
As Individuals, our considered choice and judicious implementation of competition and cooperation, will have a profound, and accumulative, influence on Humanities future direction.
We possess the power, via Personal Development, to exercise this influence.
When shall we begin? In earnest?
When Permitted - Competition And Cooperation Can Rock!