Cooperation vs. Competition

I believe as a society we have for far too long been in competition, rather than in cooperation with those around us. You see this everywhere you go – in the media advertising how to get ahead of the ‘competition’; in the sports area, where competition has become big business, not just a friendly game; in our personal lives – who has the biggest house, the nicest car, the best of blah, blah, blah. So much competition, and to what end? To make money? To feel important?

What if we were to take a lesson from our bodies? Our cells and organs know enough to cooperate with each other – if they do not, we end up with something called dis-ease. Hmm, maybe competition is the fundamental dis-ease of society is it? Spending billions on keeping ‘defense’ to keep others out of our space, making others behave the way we feel they should, or to take over their land; rather than spending that same money on clothing, housing, education, and the other basic necessities of a dignified life. Seems kind of crazy doesn’t it? But our whole society is caught up in that craziness!

Notice how much time you spend thinking about how to get ahead vs. how much time goes into making a positive difference to those around you. Are the scales tilted one way or the other? I think they should be closer to even. Of course each one of us needs to take care of ourselves – self responsibility is very important. But, if our ultimate focus was the well being of all rather than the well being of self only, my, what a different world we would have.

Now, you may be saying ‘but I care about my fellow human’. And if you do, that is great. But how do you act towards your fellow human? Do you view them as the competition, or do you believe that the more you help those around you to get ahead, the more you will also be able to get ahead?

Just some food for though…see where it leads you!