<br><br><div><span class="gmail_quote">On 1/4/06, <b class="gmail_sendername">Giu1i0 Pri5c0</b> <<a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>> wrote:</span><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
In high school we had farting contests like all kids. We also did a<br>lot of sport, and of course the best football player won status. Why<br>not? I liked it and later I have always enjoyed competition in sport,<br>work and other things.
<br>I think Wilkinson's piece is good, and nobody wants to ban games where<br>you can win status. But I think our civilization can now outgrow the<br>primitive need to link ability to survive to status. I would say,<br>first make sure that everyone can eat and feed his family, then
<br>"encourage a decentralized entrepreneurial culture where status<br>domains without number may bloom". Football is much more enjoyable if<br>you do not fear starving if your team loses the game.<br>G.<br></blockquote>
</div><br>That just moves the competition up a notch, and back into the arena of survival.<br>It's just that some survive better than others.<br>In general, I try to avoid competing because I am extremely competitive, and it's a pain to be driven to win all the time.