Re: Competition—the Struggle for Excellence or Victory?
Since we're bringing up the possiblity of competition being innate or spurred by society, I think it's important to bring up different types of societies. America, for example, is a good ol' capitalist society. On the other hand, when you look at socialism, the society's basic purpose is to eliminate ALL competitive edge between its citizens by making everyone EQUAL (everyone works towards one common good, not for themselves). Perhaps the dominance of capitalist nations around the world and the overall failure of socialism and communism in history is proof that competition is innate and can't be suppressed through society.
"C'mon now. How many of us haven't smoked a joint after winning the Olympia?"