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Working Together to Get Ahead: Why are We Content with Only a Few Winners?

african lions fighting in selous on safari in tanzania

I love competitiveness. The drive to be better than another person at something doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Right?

Funny how we teach kids about healthy competition, but we don’t practice it on a large scale. Oh humanity, you never fail to contradict.

Competition is awesome when it comes to honing skills, but it’s decidedly less awesome when we’re talking about another’s income.

Truthfully, I think capitalism is bullshit.

At least the way we use it.

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Can a brother get a (private) student loan bailout?

I know, I know, I must be some type of un-American Commie bastard, right? Nah, not at all. I just can’t agree with a system that places so much “power” in the hands of a few at the expense of the livelihood of others.

Alas, much of the world is set in its ways so I have to do what I must to survive.

But why should I have to compete against peers? I should have zero reason to not want to see the success of those around me. I don’t care if the world sees my work; I just care if someone enjoys my work. It just so happens I’d like to make money if possible.

Though I’d be doing it for free regardless.

This extends to most things in my life. Let’s say I’m in a cooking competition…

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Yes, I’m a HUGE fan of Chopped. Sue me.

Actually, don’t. I’m trying to save money. *cough* private student loan bailout *cough*

…You better believe I’m going to do my best to beat the brakes off any who dare oppose me in the kitchen. However, this mentality doesn’t apply to surviving in this cold, money-driven society. It doesn’t apply to support the art and creativity of others. Why can’t we all win? If not all, why not more of us?

One of my content mill gigs had me researching world history on a daily basis. I have never been much of a history buff until recently; nowadays I find humanity’s past infinitely interesting.

Sometimes like a train wreck. Other times like a supernova.

The periods of human civilization that speak to me most are those of artistic movements and collaboration. We have all the tools for a modern artistic revival. What’s stopping us from making a big push TOGETHER? What’s stopping us from doing so while achieving some modicum of “success”?

We all want a voice.

We all want to do what we love.

Seems to me we all have a common goal.

I don’t know if I have a very specific point here, but I can tell you this: I will collaborate with anyone. Even if I have nothing to gain. If I need to “gain” anything, I’ll do it on my own terms because I know that’s how many are bred in the US.

For better or worse.

Anyway, maybe I’m too much of an idealist, but I see no reason why we can’t show the world why creativity is as powerful as it is beautiful.

Even on the internet.

What do you say? Let’s show them together.

No pressure.

Peace out, party people.

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