“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway
If the bulk of human efforts to compete with one another were redirected into the attempt on the part of each one to be superior to his former self, many of the world’s ills would vanish overnight.
Comparison, envy, disdain would cease to be, while cooperative strategies would flourish. Hostility and negative attitudes would give way to civility and mutual encouragement and respect. In short, the world would be a better place.