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Old 07-17-2019, 08:32 PM
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Progress is the positive. Many aspects of progress as a result of different levels of competition in different scenarios.

Economic and ecological competition is no different other than your point of view and pre-formed bias. You are comparing a healthy ecosystem to what you believe is this countries' practices? So a healthy in balance system with something that is somewhat broken and doesn't show actual competition?

Economic competition... actual level playing field competition results in innovation, better pricing (hmmmm... also known as competitive pricing?) wider access to goods, services and technology. The problem with as its practiced in this country is not 'competition' but the greed and power plays where some entities are working to eliminate their competition, often through means outside of what would be that particular economic bubble. It would be similar to and ecological environment with outside influences where the natural competition turns the balance are out of whack. It isn't the competition itself. Just as I had pointed out about sports competitions and individual A-holes.

A healthy ecosystem by the way has plenty of separation between winners and losers. That is how progress (evolution) happens. Birds with the brightest colors get the chicks and the result is more generations with bright feathers. Bright feathered birds... talk about self absorbed deniers of reality... What about the lion cubs that get killed and eaten by rival adult lions taking over a pride? Pretty sure the lion cubs aren't really feeling to balanced and preserved. You are kinda focusing on the isolated negatives and isolated positives of competition in whichever scenario you are looking at. The same net good from a balanced ecosystem is present in sport, economics, table games, singles bars, etc...

Maybe rather than thinking disc golf competition divides winners an losers and (encourages self-absorption and denial of reality (honestly this statement I tried but I cannot respond in any constructive way, it is so f-ing off the rails)), maybe see how it can highlight those who perform at a higher level and encourage others to improve themselves, resulting in better all around play.
You had mentioned before something along the lines of apathy toward winning but are there no positive feelings for performing well? My daughter is an extreme example several pages ago when I mentioned her attitude that scoring goals and winning is what makes it fun, but is it really fun to go out and throw a frisbee without any idea where its going? For me throwing good throws and executing a round to the best of my ability is waaaay more fun than playing poorly. Competition helps my game progress.

Progress. Progress in individual performance, progress in technological advances, progress in diversifying opportunities, progress in passing along fit genes to another generation, progress in making the world a better place.

Look for where progress is moving backward and really look. Is it competition? Or is there something outside of that system that is actually stifling true competition?
Respectfully, our ideas of progress are very different.

If I could eliminate one word from the English language, it would be that propagandic mainstay "innovation". Listen for it. It's in all the ads.

I do my best to do everything I do well. This is not competition. I enjoy playing well just as I enjoy working well and eating well and loving well. The fact that I may have done something better than someone else has never added one bit to my satisfaction.

Self absorption and denial of reality:
Surely you have seen players with earbuds in, or players who refuse to speak to their fellows. This doesn't mean that they are bad people, but why are they doing it? Because the primary value is competitive. They believe that they are more focused thus able to perform better, and so they are willing to sacrifice more important things like simple human interaction. How bizarre to walk around a woods all afternoon with three other guys and ignore them for the sake of your score...

Or what about the player who makes an excuse for every non-ideal throw? In other threads it has been claimed that this intellectual indignity is an important way for many elite atheletes to psychologically cope with failure. But this ignorance of reality is driven by competition. Without the need to be a "winner", the player would be free to accept the bounds of his own ability, and to live gracefully within them, even while seeking improvement.

I am not claiming the majority of players do these negative things, only that they are encouraged by competition.

The topics of economy and ecology are some of my very favorite. Since I have had the uncommon opportunity to live and work within relatively healthy examples of both, I find myself having uncommon values and perspectives that I would need many many words to fairly explain. Given my inability to communicate clearly, I will leave those words unwritten, at least publicly.
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Old 07-17-2019, 08:41 PM
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:13 PM
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Wait, you bail in the last sentence....after so many words?
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:25 PM
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Wait, you bail in the last sentence....after so many words?
I have only so much time after all. If you want to wait a few weeks I can do my best.
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:01 PM
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Old 07-18-2019, 08:36 AM
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AP, you are not special but you are a spunky little bitch if nothing else.

When asked how to determine which ideology is objectively better than another, my communist friend replied, ‘The one that wins’. I added, ‘or the one that you personally hold’. Isn’t that the paradox?

The point is that it’s mighty arrogant to assume that your hierarchy of values is superior to others in any other way, much less chasten others for non-agreement, as your virtue shines forth like the light of God. Persuading us is your challenge, AP. We have your laundry list of competition’s negatives (in the latest items, he projects his own assumptions for a behavior’s motivations on others). Others have stated competition’s positives, so why is your sum more compelling? If nothing else, you might hone your ‘inability to communicate clearly’ (perhaps a foot-stamping admission that others will not submit?)…Everyone accepts the reality of your views, which is no requirement for agreement.

AP apparently believes that every player is ignorant of the game’s illusions, blissfully unaware that when they ‘compete’ they are in some way ‘larping’. In addition, he must also believe that when the field plays there is no self-aware mutual agreement among the players about this group activity - we agree to play a game, playing our roles in a competition. When we are at work, say helping tally the last round’s scores, are we not cooperating? Could it be that both are a requirement for a ‘healthy, stable ecosystem’? Could it be that your reductive binary way of presenting the phenomena is inherently flawed?

AP is not the smartest guy in the thread, but perhaps the most disrespectful and snarky, because he competes without admitting it (debate), believing others cannot ‘see’ him doing so. His ‘values and perspectives’ are not so rare as he believes but represent a common type expressed throughout man’s history. They have been dissected, exhibited, discussed and analyzed endlessly in other forums and forms and are better characterized as AP’s lack of discernment, experience and depth.

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Old 07-18-2019, 03:37 PM
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I skipped quite a few of the pages in between, but just going back to the OP, his stated reasons for competition existing aren't even agreed upon reasons in the first place. Competition can be intrinsically fun because it gives a second layer of meaning to an activity one already enjoys.

In what other area of life is it expected that everyone is going to find all the same things enjoyable for the exact same reasons? That just isn't how people work. I'm certain I like to play tournaments for slightly different reasons than others. I don't necessarily expect to win every time, and I don't get upset when I lose. But it sure is fun getting psyched up and doing the best I can that weekend...
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Old 07-18-2019, 04:44 PM
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AP, you are not special but you are a spunky little bitch if nothing else.

When asked how to determine which ideology is objectively better than another, my communist friend replied, ‘The one that wins’. I added, ‘or the one that you personally hold’. Isn’t that the paradox?

The point is that it’s mighty arrogant to assume that your hierarchy of values is superior to others in any other way, much less chasten others for non-agreement, as your virtue shines forth like the light of God. Persuading us is your challenge, AP. We have your laundry list of competition’s negatives (in the latest items, he projects his own assumptions for a behavior’s motivations on others). Others have stated competition’s positives, so why is your sum more compelling? If nothing else, you might hone your ‘inability to communicate clearly’ (perhaps a foot-stamping admission that others will not submit?)…Everyone accepts the reality of your views, which is no requirement for agreement.

AP apparently believes that every player is ignorant of the game’s illusions, blissfully unaware that when they ‘compete’ they are in some way ‘larping’. In addition, he must also believe that when the field plays there is no self-aware mutual agreement among the players about this group activity - we agree to play a game, playing our roles in a competition. When we are at work, say helping tally the last round’s scores, are we not cooperating? Could it be that both are a requirement for a ‘healthy, stable ecosystem’? Could it be that your reductive binary way of presenting the phenomena is inherently flawed?

AP is not the smartest guy in the thread, but perhaps the most disrespectful and snarky, because he competes without admitting it (debate), believing others cannot ‘see’ him doing so. His ‘values and perspectives’ are not so rare as he believes but represent a common type expressed throughout man’s history. They have been dissected, exhibited, discussed and analyzed endlessly in other forums and forms and are better characterized as AP’s lack of discernment, experience and depth.
I like your response. I am constantly, painfully aware of my lack of discernment, experience, and depth. Being of average intelligence, I have no doubt that everyone else is aware of them too. But it is not my goal to win an argument, no matter how stubbornly I try to defend my views. I do not want to be agreed with, but reasoned with. In fact, being proved wrong is very exciting for me, because it's revelation, discovery, learning.

My perspective, I reckon, is quite rare indeed. I don't want to tell my whole story here, but my life's context has been and is uncommon. I do not claim this as a virtue.

I do not believe that my values are superior. But I believe that right and wrong exist and that it is worth my time to try to see the roots and results of everything in search for clues of which is which.

I have made no comment regarding the awareness or motivations of every player, or even many players.

I do not what larping is.
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:23 PM
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*Elbow-patches fully engaged, throat cleared loudly and phlegmily*

LARPing is Live Action Role Playing. You probably don't need any more than that, sir.

I do not participate, but my wife and I did get engaged at the Renaissance Festival, so I cast no aspersions.

Carry on.
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:47 PM
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Respectfully, our ideas of progress are very different.

If I could eliminate one word from the English language, it would be that propagandic mainstay "innovation". Listen for it. It's in all the ads.

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I am not claiming the majority of players do these negative things, only that they are encouraged by competition.
I'm not sure what to think about a different view of progress? A negative view? Like progress is a bad thing?

Innovation maybe an annoying corporate buzz word but that doesn't mean the thing that the word is for is a bad does it? Pretty sure innovation is good, that is why it is so over used as a corporate buzz word and cliche.


Negative behavior is not encouraged by competition, just that it happens to be a stage that it can be easily observed. Again you are blaming competition for A-holes showing their colors. If competition were the problem this would be behavior common and it would develop in people that do not exhibit this in other places of their life. The certain negatives you are associating with competition from the start of this thread is the old trap of correlation and causation. One does not define the other.
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