Competition vs. Cooperation


   One of my favorite lyrical quotes: “You're such an inspiration for the ways that I would never, ever choose to be”. More people than not have shown me how I don't want to live my life. Everyone seems to be running around trying to be better than everyone else. Is this true, or just my perception?

     It doesn't help that we've been raised, and taught that we need to follow the “rules”, speak only when spoken to, learn all the answers to the questions so that we can be rewarded. Rewarded with what? I'll let you answer that for yourself. If we excel at a certain sport, or academic endeavor, does that make us better than the rest? Do we get a bigger piece of the pie? If so, then where does it end? A friend of mine always used to say: “Whoever dies with the most toys wins”. I never agreed with that.

 "There's a theory that says that life is based on a competition and the struggle and the fight for survival, and it's interesting because when you look at the fractal character of evolution, it's totally different. It's based on cooperation among the elements in the geometry and not competition."

~Bruce Lipton

     Are there factions on this planet whose sole aim is to keep us in the dark, competing with, fighting, hating each other? Keeping us in the hamster wheel toiling away in their version of reality so we don't question, or even ponder the bigger picture? I think the evidence is compelling.

     Or, is it something much deeper in the human psyche that drives our need to be competitive instead of cooperative?

     In the animal kingdom it is survival of the fittest. The one with bigger muscles, the sharper teeth, and the more attractive plumage gets the girl and proliferates the species. Why do we as humans need to do this?

 "The problem with competition is that it takes away the requirement to set your own path, to invent your own method, to find a new way."

~Seth Godin

     I have a clue, and I think it's the ego. The ego is constantly comparing itself to others. The ego sees that nice car, that beautiful healthy family, that respect and adoration, and decides it must have those things at whatever cost. To proliferate the species? I think not. To proliferate the false sense of self? I think we're on to something here.

 "The ego is only an illusion, but a very influential one. Letting the ego-illusion become your identity can prevent you from knowing your true self. Ego, the false idea of believing that you are what you have or what you do, is a backwards way of assessing and living life."

~Wayne Dyer

     Why can't we trade that fierce competitiveness for cooperation and compassion? Using our unique strengths to lift each other up instead of tearing each other down? Help each other reach that next level of conscious evolution. I think we can if we realize our true power to create our reality, and get it out of the hands of those who want nothing more than to watch us toil, and pound away on this rock for eternity.

     These are just my thoughts that I hope brings some clarity, or if not, at least sparks some thought.


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  • Natalie Lindo on

    I loved this article! It speaks to my soul…
    I came on your site while trying to find products for my new massage studio and it gave me some clarification on some things I was wrestling with internally as far as pricing and wanting to be able to service a wider group of people and not just the affluent. I appreciate your thoughts on collaborating with a compassionate heart.

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