Competition destroys the world because it pits people against each other instead of encouraging them to work together to build a system that benefits everyone. Here are some of the unpleasant consequences of competition:
- People hating themselves if they don't win.
- Hurting others just to win.
- Having to defeat or destroy someone in order to feel good.
- Seeing other people as opponents.
- Going to war to get what you want.
- Making people lose, laughing at them when they do.
- Creating an us-versus-them mentality that leads to tribalism and strife.
- Thinking your side is right.
- Finding ways to cheat in order to win.
- Putting others down so your side wins.
- Tolerating inequality.
- Creating dominant groups that put everyone else down.
- De-emphasizing or belittling collaboration.
- Favoring war over peace.
- Making fun of peace, love, hope, compassion, kindness, empathy.
- Mocking togetherness, unity, humanity.
- Constant battling and fighting.
- Always having to have an enemy.
- Equating winning with being a balanced, healthy person.
- Setting up relationships, families, organizations, systems, and societies that reward competition instead of collaboration or promoting the greater good.
People who are deeply self-aware and balanced don't think this way. They know how to feed their inner selves without having to vanquish a foe. They can set inner goals that don't require destroying someone else. When you possess self-awareness, you know how to be peaceful, empathic, collaborative, and kind because you have nothing to prove.