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    we are taught in order to feel good about oneself, you have to BEAT another.  Its what competitive sports are all about.

    For me to win, you must lose.

    One of the things I really never liked about sports. I was one of the most athletic kids in my area for my age, but I never really enjoyed "beating" people.  It was easy for me to do, but I always felt kinda bad for those on the other end.

    We should be raising our kids to work together.  Kids should be doing town projects and so forth that create.

    Creation I have found is the true wonder of life.

    Beating another at a silly task is a waste of time. But yet we base or society on it.

    Bad is never good until worse happens

    by dark daze on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 12:41:50 PM PST

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      I think it's a mix between teaching us to work together and teaching us to compete. Some schools, for example, have taken this to an extreme by rewarding everyone equally no matter how well they do so people don't feel left behind. In my eyes this is a celebration of mediocrity and does little to promote actual friendly competition, which I believe is what we need (as opposed to the dog-eat-dog cruel competitive nature of business).

      But I agree, we're taught that to win, another has to lose. There's no reason that we can't all strive to be the best we can be without making it at the expense of others.

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