There is a lot that needs to be understood about competition. These facts should help you on your way to understand how you are best served to relate to this old friend.
Compete: (Webster) To seek or strive for the same thing as another: to carry on a contest or rivalry for a common object.
Competition: (Blacks Law Dictionary) The struggle for commercial advantage, the effort or actions of two or more commercial interests to obtain the same businesses from third parties.
Competition exists when:
- Two or more parts of a whole strive for a thing that cannot be shared - Not enough for everyone.
- One purpose, function or agenda of one or more parts are creating restrictions for other parts of the system.
What regulates the strength of competitive forces?
1. The perception of importance or value for the participating parties concerning the reward for winning. The perceived value is much more important than the real value.
- Competition can be internal and/or internal
- Continuous competition will create 99.999% losers - Last man standing, all alone.
- Each and every competition event fragments unity into parts in order to exist.
- Competition requires cooperation but cooperation does not require competition.
Symptoms of competition:
Resistance, friction, struggle, pain, limitations, stress, conflicts, rules, regulations, compromises, fragmentation, confusion, external authority, worries, fear, anxiety, manipulation, disease, accidents, insurance needs, forced dependency, mediocrity, poverty, one-sidedness, injustice, profit, the power of taking, sacrifice, antisocial behavior, parasitic behavior, defense systems, security systems, monitoring and spying systems, dominance, propaganda, greed, fraud, advertising, public relations, use of force, pollution, twisted science, short-term perspectives, glorification of stupidity, overspecialization, theft, terror, breakdowns, self-destruction
This list of symptoms is by no means complete. To this list you can add almost any problem at any level of life that you can think of. The reason behind the reason for the problem will always is some form of competition getting in the way.
Common assumptions concerning competition:
- Competition encourages us to do our best or to better develop products, services and the social environment.
- Competition is natural – Nature believes in competition
- Competition is unavoidable
- Competition is necessary –without competition there would be no motivation to do anything
Competition gets us to do our best
Competition is no doubt one of those elements in our lives that are great motivators for action. We might be motivated by the idea of winning the prize or by the fear of losing it, if it is considered valuable. Competition gets us to do our best through the resistance, friction, and limitations that the competition presents. Much of the energy is spent resisting the resistance and less on the goal.
When it comes to high value competitions, we know from history that it gets humans to do their very worst against each other – the sacrifice that has to be made in order to win the battle.
Our values are what drives the direction of our behavior. There are thousands of ways to motivate behavior without the use of competition as a factor. It happens all the time in your daily life.
Competition is natural – Nature believes in competition
We will find competition and symbiotic cooperation in nature. A basic rule of thumb is that the greater the lack of biodiversity – the greater the level of, or the more likely you are to experience competition. Competition abounds in any monoculture. Ask any factory food farmer how they have to use artificial chemicals to inhibit the outbreak of disease.
Where you find biological diversity, you will also find a high level of vitality created by the synergetic relationships that abound at all levels of plant and animal biology.
Competition is naturally wired into our behavior through DNA, creating the “human condition”
If you listen to the work of Biologist Bruce Lipton you will hear just one of many scientists that are telling us that our DNA is like a blueprint for a structural potential. It does not regulate behavior. The environment is the greatest formative factor in all behavior - also for humans.
The idea that human behavior is inherently pre-determined is one that belongs along with the rest of the materialistic paradigm that claims that the brain is the creator of awareness. When it dies – awareness disappears along with it. Modern research connected to the Near-Death Experience has adequately proven through the principles of a well-founded epistemology (The answer to the question, “How do you know what you think you know?) – that awareness or consciousness survives the death of the body.
This fundamental research answers a very important question that has only been able to be speculatively answered before, “What happens when we die?” Today we have an adequate chain of evidence that is able to provide us with reasonable answers to that question. This will be fully covered in other material on these pages.
Ask a person that has survived a near-death experience and remembered what it was like while they were out of their body if they support the competitive spirit when they come back – To my knowledge that has never happened. I’ll go deeper into this issue on other articles.
Competition is unavoidable
It would appear that competition is unavoidable between humans on this planet. We do need to remember however two artificial conditions that make competition between us all unavoidable. The first condition is the claim by certain individuals that they have some authority to make decisions and take responsibility for other people. They enforce their will through armies, police and different forms of violence. The second factor is that these same people have invented something called money that is created as a limited resource, delivered as debt and regulated by fiat principles.
When authority figures enforce upon a population a money system such as we have now, you would have to say competition is unavoidable. The social architecture that has given us our “civilization” is designed and operated on the principles of artificially introduced competition. From this point, the competition has spread to include every sector of our lives, because we think it is so natural.
As we embrace competition, we embrace cooperation but the cooperation is always fragmented into different teams or sides competing with each other.
When we look at natural civilizations, we find very little evidence of money being an issue. There is trade and barter but nothing like we find in the modern artificial western world where almost everything is privatized for profit.
From this vantage point, I think its fair to say that competition is avoidable and we should want to avoid it wherever we can – due to the destructive effects it has on our lives.
Competition is necessary
Competition is necessary if destruction is the ultimate goal. It destroys any ability for any living entity to enjoy long term-vitality. Enforced competition in our social structures actually forces humanity into a collective psychosis where we experience only the lower levels of human performance – between survival and mediocrity – being normal. The only thing competition is good for is to have experienced that it is really good for nothing.
Defense systems against competition
Because competition does exist in the environment, where the conditions are right, we are well served by making sure those conditions are present now and into the future. Humanity will always need some form for external defense systems that mirror the defense systems for our biology. One part is active, the other more passive. It’s something like having the military for big defense operations and the police for the small. The difference between such a system now and a society in vitality is that the defense systems are always fully aware of their purpose – to get rid of competition that threatens the whole.
When the environment is not threatening, the defense system becomes smaller. When there is an active threat to vitality from the outside, or the inside – the defense system grows to meet the challenge. In a vitality-based society, the defense systems are always at the lowest possible strength so that a maximum of energy is available for growth and expanded potential.
The perceived advantages of competition
Competition is as celebrated today as it was in the days of ancient Rome. The politics of "Bread and Circus" for the people was a ploy to distract and preoccupy the masses with anything that did not mean anything. Games of competition does the trick quite elegantly. Today, the philosophy is down to a science to get people hooked into the spirit of competition. The excitement, fun, drama, joy of winning, etc are all well advertized but there is little talk of side effects - the long term effects of adopting the meme of competition.
From a distance we can easiely see that competition provides short term rewards and long term dependancy as a rule. You will probably notice that mentioned several places within this site.