A fairly comprehensive article outlining and touching upon the various differences between a competitive society and a collaborative society. The core area addressed is whether or not a competitive attitude or a collaborative attitude would better serve a human’s needs or not. What becomes evident here is that an individuals value system surrounding the favour of competitiveness or collaboration to increase one’s productivity, success and survival rests strongly upon one’s cultural conditioning, external influences and perceptions & hierarchical values attached to these experiences . What also becomes evident is that the perceived benefits of competition are really non existent when it comes to quality of outcome. There is definitely a place for competitive behaviour, but I feel this lies most suited within economic doctrine. Now if economic doctrine as an abstract cultural construct is to take priority as a form of ultimate survival within society’s measure and define who we are completely as human persons then we should all adopt a competitive attitudinal mechanism…
A global shift in value prioritisation must take place if our global society as an integrated whole is expected to ‘evolve’ and progress as living beings upon this connected Earth. The prioritisation of economic wealth and the pursuit of monetary profit must shift towards the pursuit of higher excellence in the form of personal and interpersonal psychosocial and spiritual integrity (this does not concern nor involve the pursuit of monetary gain at the expense of overall human, animal, and environmental health). A focus on self and others must simultaneously take place in the form of inwardly driven progression where we realise that collaboration is of great benefit towards a pure evolution of the human race as a whole. We are relational beings, who if work together towards a common goal have the capacity to expand each other’s perceived limits towards an infinite framework of possibility. Our focus should move towards helping each other rather than ‘outdoing’ each other. This behaviour over time compounds and the more we are exposed to this attitudinal exhibition the more negative our character traits become. We then consciously and unconsciously pass this on to those around us.
The primary physiological goal of all living beings is to survive and procreate. Our limited (due to too much cultural clutter) perceptive and contemplative faculties allow us only to focus on this and unfortunately within the very limited parameters of an economic framework. Our current and past cultural constructs allow us to only focus on this from the prioritisation of economic doctrine. If we remove the psychological and physical need to be reliant on monetary flow by understanding that capitalist competitiveness is of no ‘real’ benefit to overall ‘real’ growth we open up the possibility of being-ness, alive-ness and expansion. What this means is that we no longer need to focus on outdoing the other in order to survive and rather than using a limited amount of brain power we are able to tap in to a lot more. How? Easily, the inherent necessity to focus on survival (which is part of our current system) is removed the space, time and energy to realise more than we do now is allowed to take place.
Competitiveness runs far deeper than just a cultural meaning or construct. The complexity associated with group behaviours has the potential to change society’s direction 360 degrees. With drastic change comes drastic difference, if we fear this we limit our ability to flourish… SS.