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In a society of one-upmanship it falls on us to create an environment which is conducive to harmonious and peaceful coexistencea Herculean task not a mean feat to be accomplished effortlessly In a society where one needs to get noticed amongst a sea of people to be given some credibility for ones merits one-upmanship is a constant phenomenon governing ones life Be it the daily mundane cores to achieve ones own personal end or any lifetime achievement in a larger perspective that of the country the world or humanity That then instills in every human being a sense of competition and where there is competition there follows at heels the spirit of ruthlessness and needless to add in a ruthless atmosphere there is no place for mutual sympathy or any compassion for the other and the atmosphere is far from harmonious one Competition is the spirit of one-upmanship and it certainly is not a healthy trend as many tend to put it of stretching oneself to reach ones own maximum potential On the contrary it simply inculcates the negative feelings of always wanting to outdo the other and in that process end up humiliating the other person which again is a total negation of harmony I guess we can debate for hours whether competition is a natural principle or whether it is something that is a result of our surroundings and our conditioning The world is in a bad shape There are too many obsolete and incomplete paradigms and competition is one of them We are told that competition is good for us It is a powerful deeply entrenched and old-fashioned principle It is not a paradigm of mutual benefit but rather of winning and losing It is incomplete Take a soccer match for example Can both teams win Dig deep into your imaginations If the principle were to be stretch rather than competition both teams could win The game could always be a draw
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