This question has two answers: no and yes.
No, there is no competition in a Society of Esteem. Competition bases on comparisons among people. According to the idea of a Society of Esteem comparing each other is a futile act because there is no real base on which a comparison could happen.
Every single person is unique with unique talents, unique life experiences and unique personal development. On which level could a comparison be possible? There is no other common level between people than the esteem that everybody deserves to the same extent.
And yes, there is competition in a Society of Esteem. It is the inner competition. Receiving esteem just for being here with our unique talents and personalities creates an atmosphere in which we want to grow.
This ambiance allows competition which we give ourselves in order to learn more, to be better in what we do the best. This kind of competition is not about being better than somebody else but about being better in what we want to do, in what we see as our talent and vocation.
Diese Frage hat zwei Antworten: nein und ja.
Nein, es gibt keinen Wettbewerb in einer Wertschätzungsgesellschaft. Wettbewerb basiert auf Vergleichen unter den Menschen. Gemäss den Ideen einer Wertschätzungsgesellschaft ist das Vergleichen untereinander eine nutzlose Handlung, denn es gibt kein echtes Fundament, auf welchem Vergleiche geschehen können.
Jeder Mensch ist einzigartig mit einzigartigen Talenten, einzigartigen Lebenserfahrungen und einzigartiger persönlicher Entwicklung. Auf welcher Ebene sollte ein Vergleich möglich sein? Es gibt keine andere gemeinsame Ebene als die Wertschätzung, die jede Person gleichermassen verdient.
Und ja, es gibt einen Wettbewerb in einer Wertschätzungsgesellschaft. Den inneren Wettbewerb. Wenn Menschen Wertschätzung erhalten einfach fürs Hiersein mit ihren einzigartigen Talenten und Persönlichkeiten, dann wird Raum geschaffen, in welchem wir wachsen wollen.
Diese Situation erlaubt Wettbewerb, die wir uns selber geben, damit wir mehr lernen, damit wir darin besser werden, was wir gerne tun. Diese Art Wettbewerb handelt nicht davon, besser zu werden als jemand anderer, sondern davon darin besser zu werden, was wir tun, worin wir unser Talent und unsere Berufung sehen.
In our society there are people who cannot work for physical or psychological reasons. Others may not work because they are too old. Many countries have pension plans that dictate when citizens have to stop working. Some people willingly comply with this system. They look forward to retirement. Some of them didn’t like their jobs because it wasn’t what they really wanted to do. After a full working life they are content to enjoy their hobbies and do what they love most.
Other people would prefer to work longer than the mandatory retirement age. Stopping work only because of age doesn’t make sense to them. Most likely they work in a job they love to do. Their profession is their vocation. They don’t see any reason to stop working as long as they’re healthy and successful.
The society of esteem allows everybody to work as long as they want to. There are always people who want to stop working early in their lives, they can do it in the society of esteem. The main reason why people want to work until old age is that everybody in the society of esteem chooses the job according to their talents and personal preferences. Everybody works at the place they want to be, they perform the best and they get the most satisfaction.
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In the economy we have occupations. If you are one of the lucky ones in our society you get to have a job that is also your vocation. These are the people who are happy in their work and glad for each new working day. Working hours are often not enough, because they are so fulfilled by their tasks.
More often work in our society means drudgery. Surveys have shown that many people aren’t happy in their work. Each evening they can hardly wait to leave. They don’t find their vocation in their work but perhaps in their spare time, in their hobbies.
Why are so many people unhappy with their job? We could find the reason for that in the economic system of our society and in the rules of the hierarchy of value. Most people don’t choose their jobs according to their abilities but rather to the amount of the wages. Work in our society primarily means earning money.
In the society of esteem economy works differently. The choices of the occupation occur according to the talents. In the society of esteem each single talent is esteemed, therefore the choice of career happens free of exterior stimulation such as money. Each occupation is equally valuable. Work means self-fulfillment.
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Hierarchy of values is the basis of our society. It works because two important points are fulfilled in the everyday life: comparison and competition.
In the last post, I wrote about comparison. Today we’ll look at competition.
In a society with a hierarchy of values competition causes survival or death. This may sounds overly dramatic but even the loss of a job can have sometimes tragic effects.
It’s quite common to assume that top performances can only be produced if we are driven by competition. In a society with hierarchy of values it’s like this. The driving force of competition is fear of losing prestige, recognition and esteem. The loser in a competition is treated as less valuable, and is considered as less esteemed. Whatever achievements are created under competitive pressure they lead to short-term results and long-term human failures because of frustration, stress and fear.
The society of esteem knows no competition in this sense. Each person receives the same esteem for whatever his effort is. That’s why the people in the society of esteem are free from fearful feelings. People do what they do best and what they are able to do best. If there is a kind of competition in the society of esteem then it’s in the form of an internal impulse. As soon as our profession is a vocation we push ourselves freely to peak performance because we like our work and because our nature leads us to growing self-development.
The society of esteem replies to the hierarchy of values with esteem. If we live in a society of esteem we don’t have to deal with competitive stress. We can freely concentrate upon ourselves and our abilities. Only this brings us higher achievements lasting as long as our health and happiness.
Those who produce top performances with joy, motivation and full strength are the best foundation for a growing, healthy and equitable society.