glenn franz Posted over 1 year ago What is behind competition? Does competition influence the behavior of people in a negative way? Competition is not a democratic value. Not in a win/lose sense. When independence was declared by the British colonies in America, equality under the law was also declared as a self evident truth. I consider it more as a statement of rebellion, optimistic intent or faith. At any rate, I believe the implications of that statement require that citizens choose to regard one another as having equal value. Without that choice, personal freedom and free enterprise are corrupted by fear, greed, etc. In a "pure" democracy each member is given one vote. That is a statement of equality of power. Competition and power struggles no longer have to escalate into violence and war. But such a large democracy had to adapt to an efficient method of cooperation that could be run without everyone forever talking. So while cooperation and agreement became the ideal of the constitution a democratic republic was established and we vote for the ones who are to run the country. We immediately began to struggle and fight over the votes. I call it a fight because cooperation does not deal in propaganda and out right lies. Fighting is expensive, whether it is with words or with violence it destroys relationships and property. Democracy is a statement about relationships. It defines a relationship between citizens and between the rulers and the ruled. It is not one of competition, but one of cooperation and respect. Our democracy will become much more efficient when we celebrate the common man equally with the winners of competition. It is in our nature to seek challenge, competence, adventure, and gain. Win/lose competition can be a means to those ends when the ethics and the equality of relationships are more important than the results of the competition. But when the results of the competition are greater than the relationship and the ethics, then competition in politics or business can become the beginning of violence and war.