‘The Problem with Aggressive Competition’

Another source of conflict is in learning to give space to others so that they may grow, rather than competing with them and lording over them. Our world is a world of competition. We have all been taught to live in a competitive world and to win, to be a success, and to move up the ladder of promotion and to get ahead. It is hard then in community to stand back in order to help others grow and exercise their gifts. There is then in community a loss of aggressive competition cultivated in our societies.’

– Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community, p.31

is this competition the source of our cancerous growth, or all our troubles? do we lack community, and seek it?

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