What is wrong with competition between people?

Zsolt Hermann
1 min readAug 31, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“What is one thing that competition does to humanity?”

Competition, the competitive spirit in itself, is positive. It drives us to grow, develop and progress. Without it, we would remain the same, and humanity would have never achieved the incredible things we have achieved throughout history.

Competition exists all through Nature, and it helps the whole system to develop in the most optimal manner.

The problem with us is how we compete.

We purposefully compete at each other’s expense, and our main reward is actually not the “winning” itself, but the fact that we succeed at the expense of others, and we achieve control and humiliation as a result.

Just see the language we describe the win of our favourite sports team against our “hated rivals”, we usually use expressions like “we destroyed, we smashed, we humped” them and so on. And that is only in sports. Then we can observe this even more seriously in politics, in trade and the economy, how rival parties or corporations treat each other, not to mention wars, when a defeat comes together with unnecessary, wanton destruction, raping the women and other kinds of torture.

Only human beings enjoy needlessly destroying, nurturing and humiliating others.

This results from our unique, inherently destructive, hateful and exploitative egos.

Thus if we want to learn how to compete properly, for the sake of positive and constructive development of all, we need to learn how to recognize and control our egos.

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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.