In this article that was published in 2003, Linda Hutcheon and other scholars such as Werron, and Bateson, attempt to explain what kinds of roles competition plays in our lives today, and how society as a whole could change the way we look at competition by finding a better, more collaborative way to improve ourselves and our environment while remaining a well structured community.
There’s no doubt that competition plays a big role in all aspects of our lives- some more apparent than others. Competition is often seen as a negative portion of our lives especially in the eyes of Hutcheon, Bateson and Werron, but as Hutcheon states: “our profits must be maximized by minimizing the profits of others.” We achieve maximum profits by competing against our peers to accomplish bigger and better things than the people or ideas that came before us. Without this sense of competition it would be virtually impossible for society to have evolved in the ways or at the rate it currently has. A world free of competition is a world free of change; if we all settled for the present standard and didn’t long for a product or ability that would make our lives different or better than those around us, then we would have never invented the things we have now or pushed ourselves to improve the skills we have.
Bateson believes that in order for humans to coexist, evolve, and continually improve as a whole, they must depend on others and remove competition from their lives. She believes that they must collaborate with each other to improve their current ideas. We talked a little about this in class, focusing on what would happen if we referred to competition, arguments and fights as a “dance” instead of seeing them in a negative light.
From my perspective it can be very helpful to collaborate with others and to build ideas together, but without a form of competition whether that be internal trying to “one-up yourself’ or external trying to ‘one-up’ someone else, form of competition, there is no reason for anyone to change anything, which is not human nature. Human nature as I see it, is the need for everything to be more accessible than it was before. Humans carry the inherent need to constantly make things faster and more efficient whether it is necessary or not.
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