Isn’t it competitive to condemn competition?

competition and cooperation

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, U...

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, U.S. Central Command, gets ready to toss the coin at Super Bowl XLIII, Feb 1, 2009, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WAIT- Isn’t it about time that we evolved from a world of idealistic condemnation of competition to some gratitude for the fact that our cooperative competition (our organized coercion) over here in the developed nations has been kicking some major butt all over the world for the last, uh, way way long long time?

English: Master Sergeant rank insignia for the...

English: Master Sergeant rank insignia for the United States Marine Corps. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By the way, I’ve been hanging out for the last few days with my elderly mom’s nurse who was a special forces sniper for the USMC before he trained to be a nurse. If you want to hate on people for being frighteningly more effective in their violence then you, then go on down to the nearest army base and demand that they all get real jobs- or go on down to the police station and demand that they all get real jobs- or go on down to the local biker’s bar and demand that the Hell’s Angels gang members replace their skull tattoos with butterflies and rainbows and smiley faces. And take a band-aid because you’re going to need it.

 

Hell's Angels Funeral Procession

Hell’s Angels Funeral Procession (Photo credit: SanFranAnnie)

That reminds me of a story about a guy who went to the Super Bowl of American Football and carried a sign that that said “Football is bad. You will go to hell if you watch football. Not soccer– which is totally fine and teaches people teamwork and so on- but what the Americans call football is very bad. Do not go in to that stadium. Stop right now. Come over here and give me your tickets so that I can get in instead of you. I need to go and yell at all those confused people inside there about how bad contempt and animosity are, so that I can earn my way in to heaven. Plus, I want to see if my favorite team will remain undefeated.”

The point of the story is that football is very bad. It teaches people competition and teamwork and conformity and how to multiply by seven, which are all very, very bad.

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, U...

U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander, U.S. Central Command, talks with head Super Bowl XLIII Referee Terry McAulay prior to the coin toss, Feb. 1, 2009, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Also, if it were not for the organized coercion of your local court system, your local currency would have no purchasing power. Your property rights would not exist. Your national borders would have no meaning, nor your property lines, nor your markings on the road to help keep people inside their lane and stopping at street lights.

The traffic lights and the markings on the road are not magic. Drivers who fall asleep do not follow those rules, so be aware that the lights and markings are not magic! They exist because of an immense system of organized coercion which gives social power (social consequences) to discourage the violating of the rules.

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MAN_6170ss (Photo credit: GO MANLY UNITED)

If you are terrified of rules, then follow them. If you want to break a few rules, then test the boundaries. There will always be rules and there will always be rulers (and arrogant rebels as well as innocent violators).

Some of the people who tell you to cooperate instead of competing may be trying to reduce competition. Some of the people funding the people who tell you to cooperate instead of compete may be trying to reduce competition.

English: Patch of the 3rd Tank Battalion of th...

English: Patch of the 3rd Tank Battalion of the United States Marine Corps (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

William Walker, "President" of Nicar...

William Walker, “President” of Nicaragua, 1856-1857 (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

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