Lets be honest competitiveness lives in our hearts. Its what drives us to become the best on this planet, saying that competition isn’t bad but it gets to a point that everywhere we turn to everything you see, this competitive state to survive in everyday life becomes a mode of survival and the tactics used by social generations, and nations to making it a thriving industry have evolved us into wild beasts making the number one spot. That is not natural evolution but man made over a considerable amount of time.
The great influences of the new generation is the emergence and popularity of reality shows, you-tube stars, Instagramers, self made people in the last 50 years competing against each other. Eyes merged on a screen where we live the lives they live, a pretence to reality. The media and governments around the globe have been too glued on establishing law on space race missions, arms race, building fences or who can make the tallest building in the world as a piece of accomplishment is more important than the mere helping of society of ordinary civilians and basic needs to life. It is ingrained in society at the very bottom where we have to compete to get to the top universities just to make a name and a 6 figure sum, to being the financial centre of the world, to the brand leader in technological innovation and medical breakthroughs and to dominate the Nobel prize awards and name your place in history, after all that is what the end goal is, a name is history. However where does one stop, and at what means does it take to accomplish the goal by making unnecessary sacrifices and ignoring the vast amount of average population who barely survive let alone compete. You have countries like India where 90% of the population are living under poverty lines yet you see headlines stating ‘India overtakes Canada in space competitiveness’ where they have become the main competitors in the space race. what are the society missing here, when did it become a trend to place iron foundations to make the tallest building a priority over a starving nation but why is the world thriving to be so competitive towards each other.
It begins with the smallest things in school where many kids are very competitive and judgemental to others who may not get as good grades at them, or be good in a certain subject. They think that being smarter all of a sudden makes them a better person. Is this wrong or is this a simple means to create a world where each one is to its own.
Competitive takes place in all forms on this world, whether it be a single drop of seed to wild predator animals marking their territory and humans are no different. Our so called evolution and the struggle to survive and thrive in a hostile environment which is already hostile awakens the competitiveness inside us but supporting that, in an evolutionary sense, competition is adaptive around us to the very nature of this world, as plants compete for light so humans compete for survival.
Yet somehow we always want the next best thing and the next. Is it ungratefulness or unsatisfaction of the ego that drives a man with destructive consequences in its path, and this ego of not letting go, of wanting more that makes us set the next goal over human basic needs.
It is true to say that it is natural people who thrive on conflict are the better ones, hence survival of the fittest but over the years we have suffered from the delusions of grandeur simultaneously, in constant need to have more of food, sex, shelter and power, to finish better than the finishing line itself. An endless pursuit of infinity yet nothingness.
However one may say if we didn’t have competition would we have the great and successful people that have come and gone by? Apparently not so, so in a sense its also a good motivation, our world may be a very lazy place and very late with technology if we were to sit on our backsides and let it be, but there needs to be a control of what is necessary and what is a simple fame for a little while. Today’s nations have exhausted themselves and our natural resources to something that is not worth while in the long term. With Russia, china and the US in constant invisible word wars with one another. Nations against nations and countries against countries is what drives the fuel to war. It is simple tactics of which country is more richer, which nation is more superior, which race is more inferior and which religion is more dominating,
It certainly seems as if beating others and being better than them has become a national obsession, whether getting into the best schools, winning in sports, making the most money or conquering the most lands, and mans ego and obsession is ultimately growing.
Truth be told there are no boundaries, not in the complex primitive mind of man its a simple insatiable want, need and desire. Do we have a system in place that kicks us back yet allows us to enjoy the basic necessities of a simple joy of peace, maybe it does. But to whose benefit. certainly not mans.
The means to control the population of the inevitable catastrophe upon us…by so called influencers or to allow only a few to indulge in the power of mans creative mind. A systematical boundary in place to make man slaves of fruitful points, like the next big song, the next fashion design, the next tall building, and the next space war..etc. a lethal combination of things to point gracefully to greed, giving man the relentless pursuit of borrowed goals as if it was a cloud of happiness, the pressure for us to keep up in society especially the young girls and women who adorn their bodies to a point of loathing themselves. To the point where religious love is confused with warfare against different beliefs. Where the colour of skin is judged par say as a dirt beneath the feet, where destroying the land just couldn’t be fathomed we now reach for the skies in iron glad buildings, where we build invisible fences to claim land made of the very thing we will be buried in, where rented accommodation on your head is looked down on thus creating a mountain of debt buying your own house. where the more followers you have the more stamps your lonely heart gets branded with, where a group who raises questions on basic gender biology gets paraded as a star undermining thousands of years of scientists and facts, where a women’s pooch covered in gold shoes celebrates walking on dead starving children, where the expensive buying of nukes are traded with a mans sweat of hard labour and where claiming ourselves wasn’t enough we became in pursuit to claim god himself by playing gods on earth on who lives and dies by mere titles.
Much more and all this by creating a boundary to competition, but is it a boundary but a facade dressed up as one adorned with peace, happiness, and joy. A simple illusion to the toxic competition of mans own primitive nature that has gained a huge new level in today’s world.
In it is ultimately the unbridled quest for the best material and wealth and to achieve number one which has turned to a mad scramble to the top with the people below getting trampled. We have embraced competitiveness to the point of absurdity with no going back. Competition has its limits and this should be about complete and blissful immersion, however its purpose has been externalized and commodified to such extreme it alters a mans perception of how we view and live on a daily basis.
Published article: Maria’m AS (editor)
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