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6-01-2011 @ 2:30AM
This is a beautiful line of discussion, bit I'd just like to toss out that the assumption that competitive behavior being a reflection of the "quest to exist" is a fallicy.When we refer to human beings as "social creatures" this isn't merely lip service to the society we've created. Humans, like many primates, thrive, physically and emotionally, by working together. This is not to say we do not compete, but rather that we are often at our best when working cooperatively.There are certainly mechanisms which improve our performance in competitive situations, the fight-or-flight response in particular, but as a whole we benefit most from scenarios where this is checked by our social nature. This is why it's a question, typically, of us vs them, rather than me against the world.Of course, arenas are a group effort, so I suppose that's pretty irrelevant.
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