Competition and cooperation

Zsolt Hermann
1 min readOct 20, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“Is competition just cooperation in disguise?”

You are right. In an ideal case scenario, competition should be part of our cooperation — all of us competing to serve the whole collective more and more effectively for the sake and well-being of all. We can observe such competition in nature, where all competition — evil lethal ones — are serving the most optimal balance and development of the whole system.

But our present competition is the opposite.

The competition we instinctively strive for, we are educated for, is a ruthless and exclusive competition where we succeed and prosper at each other’s expense. Our competition is driven by our insatiable and irrepressible desire for more as we strive to accumulate and consume goods and resources for ourselves beyond our actual necessities.

This is why we compete with each other and Nature like cancer, which leads to destruction and self-destruction.

So we urgently need to learn from Nature how to compete and cooperate only for the sake of the whole system — above and against our instinctive and destructive urges.

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.