glenn franz

Joseph, OR, United States

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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.
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glenn franz
Posted over 1 year ago
What is behind competition? Does competition influence the behavior of people in a negative way?
I was showing my granddaughter how to play 2 square. I started by showing her how to pass the ball back and forth, not explaining about it being a game. I was merely showing her how we could play together and how it was done. After a few minutes she asked me if we were against each other. It rather shocked me. How could she possibly think that her grandfather was against her? I began to realize that in all sports competition is based on and supported by cooperation. It only works because everyone agrees on a time and place to compete, on the rules, etc. I can "compete" joyfully with her because she knows that I love her, that this is just a game. Our future, our relationship, will not change by who wins or looses. When other issues, such as the glory/shame become more important than our relationship, things begin to escalate to whatever limits we are willing to take them. The strength, or health of our relationship needs to be stronger than other issues that may come up, otherwise, either the relationship or the game will fall apart as things escalate. While animals also play and eat together, they too may stop competing when it gets to be dangerous to their relationship or physical safety. In a relatively free society and market, conflict arises because of limits in resources, both social and natural. Human conflict does not require competition, as it is defined in sports where there is a winner and a loser. There are many ways to resolve conflict beyond the idea of I win, you loose mentality. Most of us live in relationships where even at the cost of serious sacrifice we maintain our relational ties and our moral values even past our survival instincts. But when a meaningful relationship, or moral values or rational thinking are not there, then conflict can escalate into war without rules or restraint. Now on to competition and democracy..... I'm out of space. I'll start a new comment for that.