HUMAN BEINGS - ARE WE SOCIAL or COMPETITIVE?

@umart13 (841)
Ireland
July 14, 2008 12:47pm CST
We started out as social hunter-gatherers. Then we became farmers and fought wars over land and resources. Are human beings today social or competitive?
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@yogeshdhusa (2237)
• India
15 Jul 08
As a human i am social, i dont like competion.. why can t we work together and win the game of life.. competion in common in this world.. every where, from our childhood.. competion in school, collage, work, neighbours. Ok fine competion is neccessary for the growth of an organisation or country. It should be taken as pure competion or game, but not being rival or enmity feeling towards eachother. enjoy the development :)
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@umart13 (841)
• Ireland
15 Jul 08
Hello again yogeshdhusa, It is unfortunately so that competition has become a part of our nature. Indeed it has become an obligation in the "greed is good" world in which we currently live. However, this instinct is not completely natural to human beings and I witnessed it many times, where people are doing evil to others or trying to destroy them and at the same time they are crying. Why is that? Competition is not the only successful economic model. Some very successful companies were founded as a collective, e.g. Quaker Oats, or the charitable trust which founded the Welcome Pharma company (now half of Glaxo) All the best UMart
• United States
19 Jul 08
I see its most be because every might be going easy for U. as for why we can't live peacefully its because there is no excitement if every one working with each other. and as for the last part its because of pride with competition.
• United States
14 Jul 08
I beleave humans are 60% compataive and 40% social, by nature so since we live in such a calm time everyone becoming social like swith the stats.
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@umart13 (841)
• Ireland
14 Jul 08
Dear Doomstay982, How are you? Hope you are not feeling too apocalyptic today! You took an interesting approach to answering the question. Simply quantifying it. Very cool! :-) I like it. Maybe it's right or maybe it's wrong, but it's a good starting point. Also you said that it depends on the social (or I suppose economic) conditions as to whether the people are social or competitive. That is an excellent point, as when things turn bad in a big city, the people will often steal, kill or commit cannibalism to survive. I saw a documenatry film about the people of northern Siberia in Russia. The land is a bit like Canada and can at times be very difficult to live, especialy due to the extremely hard winter. However, the people looked very relaxed and very happy, because they had huge stretches of land all around them and they didn't feel threatened by other people. It was a real surprise to me. All the best to you. Have a good week. UMart
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• United States
19 Jul 08
nope this is how im at all times but a little more understanding/calming kinda way, I always like to here ppl side on one subject even if im being yelled at; you seem to have a third person view in this subject that you seem very interested :). im also speechless; I have something to say but nothing comes to mine.
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