Thursday, March 15, 2012

EDITORIAL: Collaboration Trumps Competition

By Christina Fermin
Politics & Society Columnist

I have recently come to the conclusion that collaboration triumphs competition. The systems currently in place does the opposite, it rewards competition over collaboration. This is where we as a civilization have reached a glass ceiling in terms of growth. I am not referring to economic growth, I’m talking about growth in terms of human consciousness, spiritual growth and living in a world that seeks to make better the human condition. The good news is that this world is possible and everyday we come to a closer understanding of the value of cooperation, collaboration and creating this world.

With such an increase in globalization and the interconnectivity of people we are beginning to understand how current institutions fail in providing the people as a whole basic needs; such as adequate shelter, clean water, nutritious food and an environment where one can grow. Technology, solutions and resources are available, but current systems and institutions prevent the best solutions to flourish and take shape. Academia is beginning to understand this along with the benefits, while the professional world strongly resists this motion, the people are beginning to realize this and ask for collaboration.

Ultimately the people run the institutions and as more people become aware the more people there are that want to collaborate and link bridges, the people will triumph over the institutions. As I have said before, the system is broken and can no longer sustain itself to survive, where it fails, people will come to fix the breaks realizing the benefits of collaboration over competition. While competition has assisted humanity to bring us modern luxury and material goods, it has also created an unintended consequence which has put most of humanity in the throes of suffering, malnourishment, leaving us mistreated, forgotten and lost. Competition creates jealousy and war. In fighting and waging war, we as a human civilization take steps backward rather than forward.

Human civilization is at a very important crossroads in terms of human consciousness and growth. We have brought this planet to the edge of an unknown paradigm where through competition we have polluted, stripped and devastated Mother Earth. This crossroads screams for collaboration if we are to survive the uncharted waters we have purposely stirred. The ancestors warned us, the human condition can get better, but it will take some hard work and dedication. While there may be much happening behind the scenes where one feels powerless, one cannot lose hope if we dedicate ourselves to participate in our own healing. As we realize these truths, we can reach out to one another and grow.

Keep sight of what’s important and realize when you die you take nothing but your experiences on this planet with you. Strive to make every day better than the last and never forget to find joy and happiness in everything you do. At the end of the day cooperating, collaborating and helping one another will be more rewarding than any competition you will ever participate in. A world where the basic needs of the people are met that rejects the notion of human suffering can exist, but it is only the decision of the people that can make it so. Take part in our healing process and become aware by becoming a participant in Life rather than an observer. The power of the people collaborating and cooperating has yet to be seen, but I feel that it will push civilization in an evolutionary bound forward, where an oasis waits and the human potential will become more than we can comprehend.

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist and that is all.” ~ Oscar Wilde

About the Columnist

With a bachelors degree in political science from Florida Atlantic University, Christina Fermin has always cultivated her love for history, politics, sociology, ancient knowledge and teachings, the outdoors, the ocean and the environment. Christina strives to make our world better by helping us all create a new reality and understanding of all taking place here and now. You can reach her at Christina@MySavvySisters.Com.



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