#201: I Win if You Lose

But We Survive Together

Humans are strange. We dominate the planet mainly because of our ability to work together. Yet we compete like crazy.

Our ability for premeditated team work has enabled us to expand our horizons beyond our wildest dreams. And as our reality has expanded to match our dreams, we have increased our need to know where we fit in the scheme of things.

Here’s the really strange bit. Our sense of self-worth is based mainly on a comparison with others. I measure myself against you, my neighbor and colleague.

Sadly, what this often comes down to is that my success depends on your un-success.

Here’s the real paradox: I win if you lose. But we survive if we work together.

We have survived and developed because we tend to resolve this paradox by finding meaning beyond the expense of our neighbors and colleagues.

Welcome to my side of the nonsense divide.