Transparency

transparency

When we know what's going on we can change it.

 

Knowledge

knowledge

The more we know, the better ideas we have.

 

Rationality

rationality

The more objective thinking we do the better decisions we make.

 

Compromise

compromise

We all live together and and depend on each other.

 

Competition to win is ingrained in our brains from the beginning of time as a means of survival and well-being of our selves and our progeny. Cooperation has been a key to the survival and progress of our species collectively and has brought many benefits to the individual - in essence letting us all win. When we get out of balance by always having to win or by trying to do everything by consensus, both we and our species lose.

The current U.S. Congress is an example of this imbalance. Winning has become so much more important than cooperation that they, and we, all suffer due do the gridlock created. Winning is important some of the time, but cooperation is just as important some of the time.

Someone who always has to win is considered a jerk. The admired man wins on the sports field, reaches consensus with his partner on what color to paint the house, and willingly lets his child win at Scrabble.

"All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter." ― Edmund Burke

"The god of Victory is said to be one-handed, but Peace gives victory to both sides." ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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