posted on Sep, 20 2009 @ 01:55 PM
reply to post by FritosBBQTwist
I agree we are naturally competitive, it's part of survival.
BUT the system we live in is not natural, and we are conditioned to be overly competitive because the system creates fear. The fear of not having
anything drives people to over compensate, and become overly competitive in order to survive in a system that requires
you to compete with, and
exploit other people.
In a natural environment why would you compete with your neighbors when you already have all you need? It would be a waste of energy.
Animals compete when resources are scarce. Capitalism keeps resources artificially scarce to maintain profit levels, diamonds are a good example (by
limiting mining), but also food and other necessary resources are kept from overproducing. If a company does overproduce and cannot sell their
product, that product will be destroyed or sold cheaply to a warehouse store. The company will go bankrupt and people will lose jobs. Just because
the over produced product cannot sell, to those who can afford it, it is wasted. Wasted labour, wasted time, wasted money.
And a third of the world is starving for lack of resources due to the need of capitalism to make profit for private individuals.