Cooperation and competition are two Powers that permeate our life. How we apply these influences determines the quality of our existence.
As with all powers available to Humans they are not often used in isolation.
Nevertheless it is educational to separate these two and take a closer look. Touching on how they can be used to either help or hinder our progress.
Competition in modern civilized Societies, at it's worst, is a take no prisoners battle to the metaphorical death. permitting one winner only to survive.
With Sport, participants acknowledge and accept this brutal reality.
Spectators accept sporting events in like spirit.
Thus competition provides an acceptable outlet for the dominating tendencies of the aggressive personality and followers.
But we know sporting competitions rarely end in genuine Goodwill and high spirits for all involved.
Generally, the “losing” participants, even though they frequently present a brave face, can be emotionally traumatized and their fan base demoralized. The psychological collateral damage is real and extensive.
competition at it's worst is a heartbreaking duplication of resources
including Intellectual Capital. Frantically attempting to discover
answers in a bid to obtain advantage over their peers who are on the
same quest for the same knowledge.
One of the first instructions taught in the Discipline of Economics brings to a student's attention that we live in a world of finite resources. This fact only seems to intensify competitors exertions to engage in a mad scramble.
Squandering resources to be first to Market. Or thrusting the opposition out of
the race. Preferably both.
Here cooperation and competition are seen as mortal enemies.
Industrial espionage, revered in some quarters, is a prime example of competition being abused. Tantamount to admitting to the world that the perpetrators cannot think for themselves. “We have to steal others ideas” they scream to seeing minds.
With the exception of Enlightened Establishments, extremes of competitive prejudice for positions of influence hinders and often prevents the advance of capable, competent professionals. Particularly females.
Foolishly rejecting, not merely half the available Mental Capacity and latent Talent, but also the invaluable asset of the Feminine Viewpoint.
When money and incompetence get together, as is becoming ever more common in the separation of cooperation and competition, chaos ensues.
This chaos is exemplified by the domination and manipulation of politics to further the narrow interests of the greedy at the expense of the Greater Good. Thus setting in motion a train of events which tramples over everything in it's path.
Including Intelligent Thought.
This winner take everything attitude towards competition has been guilty of Human misery and environmental ruin on an awesome scale.
Wherever competition is undertaken with the explicit goal of winners and losers we are creating an atmosphere of discontent. Often expressing itself in malcontent.
Malcontent has the tendency to reveal itself and erupt spontaneously.
As we have seen in our own time, the dire consequences of not sharing are catastrophic. Ranging from economic and social upheaval to terrorism.
The fallout from this uneasiness and lack of trust created by competition proves more difficult to resolve than to prevent by a cooperative approach in the first place.
Pitting ourselves against each other in this manner that produces so much chaos, simply doesn't make sense.
The reason abuse of competition is so unnecessary becomes perfectly clear when you are in possession of the ultimate secret of the mind.
The big difference between the misuse of cooperation and competition, and using these two principles in the better sense of taking part, in the case of competition, and working together, - cooperation - is in the sharing of glory and reward for effort.
Cooperation and collaboration cater for material reward, acknowledgement and praise. Accommodating all contributors appropriately.
Competition is inclined to confer all such tributes to at most, a few entities.
Not all people involved in competitive activities practice the downside of competition.
These are the altruistic folk who keep the World sane and produce the most genuine progress. They deserve our profound gratitude for eschewing greed in favor of decency and dignity, the engines of Social Advancement.
Used intelligently, Competition, in the original sense of taking part, can be an invaluable and essential component of Education.
Where the goal is to improve, it can stir one's mind to elevated acuity and activity. In the process instilling character building awareness, dignity, teamwork, and camaraderie.
Awareness - that others can and do possess the same talent or ability as oneself. Or that another can execute that talent or ability in a superior manner at a given time.
With the right attitude this knowledge can be used to focus on, and fine-tune strengths and eliminate weakness. Allowing an individual to earn everything he or she is entitled to earn. By their own genuine efforts.
Dignity - that derives from being accepted and acknowledged as a worthy and equal individual.
Teamwork - that proves to you that you can achieve infinitely more when working in Harmony with others than you ever could by engaging in the downside tactics of competitive behavior.
Camaraderie - builds, and becomes friendship as reciprocal respect takes root in a climate of trust. Where first second third is simply the order the race finished in. Creating a window of opportunity to improve.
Concurrently, providing immense satisfaction. Reaching, and improving your peak performance in a state of Harmony.
And a little awe at your prodigious output.
When abused competition can encourage weaker minds to indulge in depravity.
No matter what one may be occupied in doing. For no other reason than satisfy a primitive blood lust that is permitted to overpower one's innate sense of what is right.
Otherwise known as greed.
Used carelessly, competition will drag a person along the bottom.
Where the highest frequency of thought he can reach only enables the indulger to copy and cheat.
Cooperation and Competition frequently are portrayed as being incompatible and exclusive.
This is an easy conclusion to draw when the misuse of competition attracts praise and accolades reminiscent of ancient Roman spectacles. Where blood letting was considered entertainment. And where complete spirit crushing domination the most desirable outcome.
Invoking Charles Darwin's myth shattering discovery of Evolution as justification of destructive competition, as survival of the fittest, is also manipulative and misleading.
Taking advantage of the uninformed, easily intimidated members of society.
Not an iota of this downside shapes up well under the heat of the blowtorch of Intelligent Thought.
The conclusion of final domination leaves a solitary individual amidst rubble and ruin caused during the long and painful journey it would take to reach that final domination.
Would this fittest fellow reflect on how his undisciplined mind and emotions landed him in this desolate, lonely place? If he did, he would be too late. Regret is no consolation, or substitute, for refusing to engage in intelligent forethought and balancing cooperation and competition.
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