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Is 'competition' the root of most 'evil'?

Asked by lloydbird (8730points) June 29th, 2009

If I don’t beat you, you might beat me.

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

It can be the root of some evil – but it can also be the root of good

Hambayuti's avatar

It’s probably how you would take ‘losing’ that would be the cause of evil

Jeruba's avatar

Perhaps not competition so much as greed.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

I’m going to second @Jeruba. Competition is healthy but greed is wasteful.

Lightlyseared's avatar

No. Sweeping statements are the root of all evil. this one included

lloydbird's avatar

@Lightlyseared You seem to wield a mighty broom yourself!

dannyc's avatar

We all compete, even in this forum. We often do not even know it.

Jeruba's avatar

And we’re not the root of evil.

dannyc's avatar

The root of most evil, in my opinion is deception. Truth, or honesty, is the elixir.

mattbrowne's avatar

For humans to evolve a good balance between competition and cooperation is required. But as @Jeruba said, competitive behavior should not turn into greedy behavior.

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