How Competition Is the Most Significant Deterrent to the State of Our UNION
Competition in our culture is fueled by the ego mind. It says we within ourselves we feel we are not enough, that we must be better than others. It is a foundation stone of our country for sure and has made built our nation to the status it enjoys, but when do we begin letting go of a mindset that cannot be sustained forever and that is contrary to the definition of an evolved society? Competition divides. It is of the ego mind. Cooperation and sharing unite. They are of the heart.
Look and we see competition everywhere between groups and ideologies. Voting, by its very nature, requires campaigning and competition and that competition carries through into lawmaking bodies. Usually, the stronger agenda wins and not necessarily the wisest one.
Political parties compete to win and that competition gets so ruthless it allows for dishonesty and manipulation. It also encourages judgment and fighting which will never accomplish anything good. This is why the U.S. congress is so dysfunctional and inept. It’s why they can’t get very much done. They’re competing, not cooperating. This is not the example of evolved or advanced beings. It’s quite the contrary. It’s very devolved behavior.
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It all begins in our school systems where sadly, children are forced to learn at a very young age they must compete in order to survive. God says this to Neale Donald Walsch in Conversations with God—An Uncommon Dialogue: Living in the World with Honesty, Courage and Love
Why do you place your children in schools where competition is allowed and encouraged, where being the “best” and learning the “most” is rewarded, where “performance” is graded and moving at one’s own pace is barely tolerated? What does your child understand from this?
And even when we think we have all kinds of opportunity to compete to create better material lives for ourselves, if we look very closely we don’t have what we thought we had. Read the following quote and you know it’s true.
… the rich and powerful strive and contrive to hold on to their money and their power and to increase it… They do so by systematically eliminating competition, by institutionally minimizing true opportunity, and by collectively controlling the flow and the growth of wealth. —Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God—An Uncommon Dialogue: Living in the World with Honesty, Courage and Love
It's the competition mindset that fights to keep immigrants out and separate INNOCENT children from their parents. They say it's about immigration. It's really more about fear and competition. This isn't the work of beings who know any piece of their divinity yet they wear the badge of religion which is again, another form of competition. (Most religions say they have the real and only truth and the way to God, for example.
Sports seems to require competition which can be fun to a point. It’s no longer fun when the losers (and sometimes even the winning side) of a competition destroy a city. Sports enthusiasts sometimes become so personally invested in a team’s winning outcome that when they lose, it sends some people into dark or negative places. It’s only a game. We must learn to detach from outcomes.
I love to watch the Olympians and dancers perform for the sheer beauty and art of what they can achieve. I don’t need to rank everyone based on one or several days’ performance. And when it comes to art, the expression of the soul, it should never be judged or ranked.
Television with its competition shows for dating and cooking, designing and crafting foster this notion. Why can’t we just watch someone make their creation without the stress of becoming #1?
Competition shows up everywhere in life–from the marketplace to the world. We compete for resources, position and stature. We even compete for love or what we think love is.
Why is it that we must always be first or the best? What need is it we are trying to fulfill? Why do we need to have a blue ribbon or trophy or nations bowing to us to tell us we’re talented, accomplished, or magnificent?
We are missing something inside ourselves. We are missing connecting with the place within where no confidence or self-esteem is even necessary because we just are. And that state of pure being is all we need because it’s everything.
No one is really the best. We've got to get out of that kind of thinking. We are all just uniquely and beautifully different.
We may not be able to change our governments over night, or our school systems or how we acquire our resources, but we can change ourselves from within. When we no longer require such an insidious manner of living, all the so called systems will fall to be replaced with those of more highly evolved beings and the world will be what we have always wanted it to be.
Walsch, Neale Donald. Conversations with God: an Uncommon Dialogue: Living in the World with Honesty, Courage, and Love. Hampton Roads Pub., 2008.