Here again we return to examining the effects of our pride, jealousy and competitiveness in ourselves and those we come into contact with. Focusing in these verses on the effects of our competitive nature, we try to experience how it feels to be competitive, what makes us that way, and how it poisons relationships with people who are in truth equal to ourselves. Competing with other people for the purpose of self aggrandisement makes us blind to our actions and engenders hostility. It is fuelled by anger and a lack of self esteem, driven by a fear that our own qualities will not be recognised and, it worse again, generates a lack of trust in us which can only achieve the opposite of what we wish for.
When competition is healthy, we focus on bettering ourselves, excelling in our own capacity to improve and on encouraging our friends to do the same, then each of us will succeed.
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