Socialist Competitiveness: The Greatest Facade

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We have all been caught in a delusion, wandering for a long long time.

Charon sounds, supply increases tenfolds, quality it demands. Such is then arises the need for great people, many in fact, to carry out these tasks and perform them with maximum efficiency, to adhere to mankind's infinite wants and desires.

To discover these talents, to answer for who is best for what, society has created a system, a ritual, you may say. It has since been coined: "Competition"

This word has been clothed in lavishness, decorated with veils to shroud its vile interior. Why vile, you ask? My reason is simple. It picks out a singularity; displays the limelight on the best and only the best, ignoring the countless who have tried, failed, and vanished in the midst of the array shone to the best. It is a breeding ground for contempt, envy, and inflation of egos. Human we inevitably are, and therefore it is impossible to escape from the very least of those temptations.

The primarily excuse for its exsistance is to foster "good sportsmanship", but we, who are constantly trying to be the best in whatever we do, occasionally will get irked upon the knowledge that we will never be the best, and we lie to ourselves, saying that working hard will get us to where we want, but in reality, there are many others who do the same, and but only a handful will make the cut. In an essence, competitions are opportunities with two end results; fufilment and disappointment. It is a pity that the latter exists and also very prominently as such.

As the saying goes, "you win some, you lose some". However, in many cases I find, it is "you win a little, you lose alot". It is bad for the soul, and there is little wonder why so many people are constantly in a bad mood. They are tired of their efforts overshadowed by the antics of the best, and their recognition is not given due. They have given up.

Humans, we are so filled with grumpton and wanton that our win is our gain and their loss is well, tough luck to them. I guess, the problem lies with our desires and it alone, where competition is the feeding spoon of our opportunity.

I call not for a demolition of socialist competitiveness, but a reflection of its nature. I do not want people to linger in disappointment thinking that it is due to their inability or incompetence.

Truth must be told.

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the question is, can something as deep rooted as such things ever be severed from the human mind and nature.
Comptetition drives the competitors to perform better, not individuals only, but entities, when an entity creates something better, the consumer gets better goods, better value, technology is boosted, not one gain for one person, but much gain for all.

Take American Idol for example, it is a classic example of your words, many fail and die, lose their jobs, confidence, slash their wrists and posts on myspace later all about it, (pardon my emo reference) but then how much does the entity of competition gains?

TV show hosts gain salary and ratings, every company wants to adverstise with them, singers are born, and taken to the limelight, producers get to seek out new skill, america gets entertainment, the world gets entertainment, a grand circle and orchestra of great rewards for everyone should they continue to compete.

Or take technology for example, every time there is competition, however vile it may be to you, there is greatness achieved, every time, a rival of say a Japanese phone company DOCOMO for example, creates something out of this world, people start copying and making it better, so on and so forth, the world keeps on witnessing the increase of technology and better uses for all that technology, everyone is becoming richer, society is getting a boost of ego.


Demand is just something as simple as that I would say, I mean, without competition, you can't have demand, if everyone lets loose of this competitiveness, however veiled the intention maybe, it is just some sort of "give up"

Society doesn't create this evil, I think it all boils down to the how the world works. I do understand that however, even in times of failure, it can never be too late to get on the boat, I am sure everyone has his or her own way of getting through, just because this time you fail, doesn't mean you lose it all.

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Lionhearted911

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competition cannot really be all bad...
then saying that trying hard can only end in disappointment...a good question will be did you really try your hardest or lying to yourself and making excuses that you tried hard when deep down you know you could have done better....

i would say competition gives motivation to try hard...but then most of us probably don't really care about competition and are happily satisfied with losing some and gaining some...perhaps if people would get over their egos and stop trampling on who they believe is beneath them, then others won't have the mentality that they are losers or what not...
where there is a will there is way for sure...if you want somthing bad enough to wanna suffer for it then probably you would come out a victor...besides...happiness comes with a great price...only not many of us seem to able to afford it, so we continue lounging aroun in the shadows, letting others steal the light when we know deep down we are all meant to shine...
lols... shine shine shine...hahaha later! (have a physics exam tomorrow...lools)

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  • Jan 26, 2007

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There is exactly 1 undeniable fact in competition. There will always be someone better or faster that comes along and tops everyone else.
The fun in competition is in finding out where you stand and of course doing something you like to do. If you cannot accept someone being better at something than you or you do not enjoy what you are competing in then you should not compete because at some point and time you will lose and well if you don't enjoy it why do it.

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  • Jan 26, 2007

Azirk

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Competition is the staple of existing on Earth. With limited resources and a need to survive, imperatively, competition developed amongst all living creatures on Earth. Even the seemingly passive plants engage in deep and fierce competition, from strangling each other's roots to chemical warfare. Comparatively, disappointment is a much better alternative to death.

Now, here's my opinion. Competition fosters a need to be "the best and the brightest". It inspires dilligence, just as it claims victims in the slothful, the unfortunate, and the simply incompetent. As cold as it is, competition is a proven system that merits the hardworking, the talented, and the intelligent. This system is one which has been around since the first existence of life, and needs no replacement.

One attempt to replace competition would be the implication of Communism, a system which does not work. There is no incentive to be dilligent, to seek the best, as, one puts it as much as he or she CAN, and gets out what he or she NEEDS. Thus, the laziest worker, and the most intelligent worker both, no matter what they do, will recieve equal output, with complete disregard towards input. What does this do? This will eliminate competition, there is no reason to compete. However, this will cause a degeneration in society, in humanity. A nation would be filled with people who simply choose to be lazy and incompetent, while the intelligent leave or follow in the steps of those who simply gave up. Thus, not only competition, but the facilitation of it is needed. In a reality of limited resources, there must be ones who win and others who lose. And, at least not yet, there is no system that can effectively replace Competition.

"Ambition is the last refuge of failure." -Oscar Wilde
The downfall of tyrants can be attributed to their cruelty to their subjects.
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  • Jan 27, 2007
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Like what Azirk had said, competition, is not created by man, but by mother nature herself. A system to ensure the survival of one's species, such that the scarce resources goes to the fittest, such that the fittest would survive and had its genes passed on.

Surviving on Earth is probably a harsher and more realistic way of saying "Living on Earth." after all, Earth isn't Heaven.

And to all out there, whats the point of the first when there isn't a second, third, fourth and fifth?

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"Socialist Competitiveness: The Greatest Facade"

Socialist competition is certainly a facade considering it's an oxymoron.

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  • Jan 28, 2007

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