Famously said in the movie “3 Idiots”, competition begins ever since we are a sperm. We compete a few million other sperms, to form a cell, who becomes a human. So, now, my question is – “Is this an evidence that Competitiveness is mankind’s innate virtue?” Judging from the current lifestyle, the current attitude and the current approach of humans, towards life, it certainly seems so.
Just look around yourself…. 😛
In class, there’s competition between nerds for the first rank, between the back bench-ers for, well, the back bench obviously 😛
At a traffic signal, trucks and cars and bikes alike, keep revving their engines and try to get an inch ahead of each other even when the signal is bright red! Like it’s going to make an hour’s difference to the world! 😛
When switching from one class to another, that are consecutive, I’ve seen guys and girls trying to run the 10-20 metres to the adjacent class just to get the first seat! Like, seriously? -.-
It doesn’t end there though! There’s competition for popularity among friends, for academic scores, for athletic abilities, for unique skill sets and lots more!
People compete with everyone else to become the best, to obtain the best and to produce the best in everything they do! So now, where’s the harm here? Isn’t it an ideal situation? Competition should be healthy right? 😛 Yes, no glitches here, IDEALLY!!!! >.<
Ideal conditions are perfect conditions, and perfection is like infinity, you can keep trying to reach it, but you never can! And THIS is why, the journey is always more important than the destination! Our journey towards perfection should be what’s more important than the ideal final destination!
Alas! 😦 We’ve forgotten this, and it’s become quite disastrous. The competition we involve ourselves in, is it healthy? Are we really paying attention to our means of achieving what we want?! The nationwide entrance exams these years, have well….become MORE competitive! Like it wasn’t enough before! -.-
We’re not just educated in those subjects in classes anymore! We’re also trained to compete for the best! We’re told that friends will end up as enemies! We’re told that be friends with those who are better than you, not those who drag you down! We’re told to be like our other friends who perform better than us! We’re taunted because of the company we keep and advised to leave some of our friends just because they don’t make it in the good books of the educationists! We’re beaten and driven with fear of severe consequences and expected to ameliorate our performance! like WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE!!!! >.<
Is this education or slave-training? Corporal Punishments? Taunts? Fear? Pressure? Stress? Restrictions? GREAT expectations? No extra-curriculars? Even Carbon would form Diamond quickly this way!
Right now, we’re only students. Let’s revisit the previous sentence – “we are only STUDENTS!” Students, those who are learning! But do we not learn for the rest of our lives? O.o Obviously you do! Which implies, you’re a student for the rest of your life!
You’re wondering what I am getting at? Think! 😛 The attitude of competition with others, inculcated at a very young stage, with such intensity that it becomes your lifestyle, is going to remain with you forever! Would you like to be known as the guy or girl, who’s always trying to show that they’re better than the others? Or as the guy or girl who only cares about being the best themselves? Selfish, you’d call it? Self-obsessed is what I’d call it! 😛
Compete! Fight! Prove Yourself! Be the best! These are great actions to follow, when you do it humanely! Now, what I don’t understand is, why would you ever compare yourself with anyone else? Hmmm…Let’s think, Lack or excess of self respect? Low or exceedingly high self-confidence? Inferiority or Superiority Complex? A hundred mark test. The best is a hundred. the best guy got 97 and the next 94. Now why would he say,”Oh, I’m second best by three marks”? It’s a HUNDRED MARK TEST! The best is a hundred, not what the other guy got! Not even the first is the best, because even he did not obtain the best!
Here it comes, the root of the statement that “Competition is Healthy” – You’ve to compete with yourself and only yourself! You can’t better anyone else, because no two are the same! Why not try this – aiming for the best possible, rather than the best achieved yet? He got a 97, so what? Don’t aim for a 98, aim for a 100! Because there’s always someone that betters the existing best, that is why the word competition even exists!
Its the healthiest or the most hazardous lifestyle, depending on how your attitude is! Compete with yourself and you’ll never be number one, but always the best! Compete with others and you might be number one for a while, but not always the best! Now, I don’t know about you guys, but I definitely always want to be the best!
Wonder, think and observe where you lack. You might never be called a complaint box then, because you’ll only be looking at your faults and ameliorating them.
You’re not born perfect and you cannot be perfect. Yet, everyone has an equal chance of tending as much to perfection as they want. If only they will to perfect themselves with regards to themselves, and not others. (:
Be a healthy competitor, be the best of yourself! 😀