Competition LO18003

Rol Fessenden (
Wed, 6 May 1998 13:07:59 -0400

Replying to LO17992 --


I admire and respect your desire to avoid competitive environments. At
the micro level -- ie for one individual -- perhaps it is possible to
create an environment with out competition. So in that sense, I may be
wrong when I suggest it may not be avoidable. I was really looking at it
more from a macro level. Perhaps we are not as evolved as we need to be,
perhaps there are other reasons, perhaps you are right that collaboration
is somehow better than competition. But practically speaking, I suspect
that the world cannot avoid competition, at least today. One reason
appears to be that some people think it is not only ok, but a positive
good. So rather than avoid it, they welcome it.

As near as I can tell, we can have opinions on the relative merits of
competition versus collaboration, but we cannot bring much observable,
consistent data to the issue. Note the word "consistent." Therefore, one
can "prove" whatever one wants, and when that is the case, the proofs have
relatively little value except to those who prove them.

I still admire your decision to avoid competiton.

Rol Fessenden


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