28-01-08

Do good things

"Do good things and good things will happen to you."
My name is Earl, US comedy running on channels all over the world.


It should be as simple as that. Maybe it is - I doubt whether anyone has ever really tried. Nature is competition. One cannot argue with that. I certainly will not.
Does that mean we have to take our competition personally? Is there a thing that can be called 'our' competition? In a certain sense the answers are twice 'yes', undoubtedly. I feel the urge to achieve something, you feel it too. What we achieve we need to be able to ascertain as having been achieved or, at a very least, as being achieved. The yardstick, measure or the key performance indicator in my case necessarily involves you. In your case it involves me - you don't need to know me but to (think you) know me definitely helps.
So far so good: those having problems with any a competition have problems with themselves. Competition generally is good fun. It is the type of thing we like to entertain, it's a reality check & a little piece of harmony with nature - it is entertaining, and entertainment is a good thing. Doing good things at least includes competing. Good things happening to you at least includes you being competed against.
But the time has come to say 'but'. Taking something personally requires just one person, namely you (or I, if it is I who takes it personally). I needn't be in the business of ensuring your personal loss to ensure my personal gain or so I at least guess. One of the grand discoveries of neo-Darwinism is that there are many other games to be played than zero sum games. My competition is against my target & if there is to be our competition in any genuine sense of the word, then it is against our target not against you or me as a target (if I or you can avoid being tempted to annihilate each other or, in other words, if I and you refrain from posing an existential threat to each other).
Nature may be competition but nature allows for friendship. In the case of us humans friendship is - psychiatric cases left aside - essential. I could not take anything personal if others did not provide me with the environment in which to develop my personality. Friendship is not opposed to competition, it just is a specifically sublime environment for competition to drive the most wonderful evolution. In the end all of us compete to create a context in which creativity is virtually unrestricted (& entertainment virtually certain). A context in which people do good things knowing that good things wíll happen to them.

Whenever none would be accused of thusly naïvely oversimplifying our world, we will have reached the ultimate state of sweet decadence.


22:52 Gepost door Guido Nius in Algemeen | Permalink | Commentaren (0) | Tags: pop culture, friendship, competition |  Facebook |

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