Is competition always good?
More often than we can imagine, competition has be taken every aspect of our civilization. The question now is ; is it always good and should it always be encouraged? Where and when?
Competition is a trait of human nature and in all nature. People will always compare themselves according to what those around them have achieved. Even animals compete with one another for food, territory, and the opposite sex. There is this need to have a "pecking order" to determine who is #1. Competition does not have to be "encouraged" it is a natural part of life.
Every week in the U.S. it is announced which singers have the #1 song or CD, which movie is #1 at the box office. These things really shouldn't matter to the rank and file customer. The same is true of the New York Times Bestseller list, J.D. Powers Consumer Reports results informs us which products are best or worst.
These days before most consumers make a purchase they want to read reviews of competitive products prior to making a final decision. Everyone wants the BEST that they can afford or acquire. In theory true competition helps to keep prices lower than if there were no competition.
Many years ago someone suggested a university drop their grading system and simply issue pass/failure. Essentially someone who scored 100% correct on a test and someone who got 60% would both get a grade of "pass". The students were against it!
In the eyes of most people (equality = mediocrity) or average. The goal for most people is not be "equal" but rather to have an "equal opportunity" to become "special".
You are right but at the same time, competition has enabled many firms and even nations to manipulate results in order to remain on top in areas where scores are prioritized. More also, competition hasn't done much good in religious and moral sects.
There is no perfect system. Yes, competition can lead to people cheating or looking for shortcuts to come out on top. However it's hard to imagine a world without competition in any sense. Being competitive is human nature. We are who we are.
Competition should be encouraged in all moral activity.
It should never be encouraged for evil activity.
So, the answer to your question - is - NO, competition is not always good.
This is most obvious in the USA where bullying is permitted to occur in the political agenda currently pressuring the country through economic failure fueled by a failure of leadership.
This type of competition at the leadership venue shows that such activity is definitely not good.
Where and when - it should be encouraged during moral activity.
A little bit of competition is healthy and should be encouraged. It is when it comes to areas in which competition is used as a fuel to undergo immoral acts that I am against competition so in a word, no, competition isn't always good but in the right context can be.
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