Do you believe that the nature of man is co-operative or competitive? And to take it a step further... do you believe that the nature of life itself is co-operative or competitive? What is your reasoning?
I believe that the nature of man is co-operative. I do not buy the whole "survival of the fittest" "It's a dogs world" kind of thinking. I don't believe that man at his core is selfish only holding his own interests at heart. I believe that everyone wants to contribute to society and life as a whole in whatever way he can, using his abilities for the good of all.
I believe that the same applies to nature. I think the world is proof of a co-operative nature rather than a competitive nature. The purpose of competition is itself a co-operative venture in which all parties improve themselves. Competition isn't really about being better than the other guy... it's about becoming stronger, having more power with which to make contributions to society, developing and enhancing your own abilities. All competition therefore is for the sake of being able to contribute even more to society. It is something you do with yourself.
I think we have come to see ourselves as competitive and destructive. And we perceive nature and life in the same way. We see competition everywhere... a fight for survival lurking around every corner. A struggle to live another day, a struggle to be free. I say a lot of it has to do with our financial system. And part of it also has to do with the whole Darwin and the evolution idea.
I do not believe that our essential nature is competitive. I do not believe that nature is a fight for survival where keeping your species alive is the one and only priority.
What do you think? Co-operative or Competitive? Discuss.