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negative effect of competition

How Competition Destroys the World

How Competition Destroys the World

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.