On Competition

When we look out at nature we choose to see competition. But we also competition as an ends. We assume that passing on one’s genes is the goal of everything going on out there, as opposed to something that just happens. We never stop to ask whether the goal of all these beings life is to just live well. I believe our understanding of the pattern competition is extremely limited and actually horribly destructive in many ways. You see, if all beings are just trying to live well it might make sense in some contexts to be in competition, but this does not mean that competition itself is the underlying driver of nature. It is merely one type of relationship which manifests in a variety of ecological contexts. But, to think that competition itself is the driver of change, of purpose, of goal, of meaning, is hugely mistaken. This is not understanding, it is monological belief. Life’s purpose is to have fun and live in wonder.