My Fushigi Yuugi
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There's a problem with competition. Once someone tells you that you're the best, you have no choice but to stagnate, or fail. Someone may argue this. Say that when you're at the top, you have to work to stay there, but that's still a form of stagnation. There's no real incentive or reward for further improvement.
That's' where I am, or have been. Where what I value cannot improve, or further development in that area gives no benefit. What is there to work for? What cause is great enough to set me into motion again under the rules of competition?
I propose an alternative. A system without competition. One where personal excellence and perfection is valued above out-performing another person. We have to start young with this. It isn't something that is easily learned but the learning powers of an infant is a marvelous thing.
Our children should be our focus. We should raise them never to as "Am I better than someone else?" or "Is it good enough?" Instead, they should be questioned, "Did you do your best?" and "How could you do better?" Communism asks "Is it good enough?" Capitalism asks "Is it better than anyone else?" I ask "Is this the best we can do?"