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RadicalConstructivist wrote

I guess what I think is that intrinsically-motivated competition (e.g. the desire to be really good at something or to achieve great & noteworthy things) is generally good for society

I don't think that necessarily has anything to do with competition and doesn't need to take place in a competitive framework.


masque wrote (edited )

I think a lot of competition essentially consists of people who want to be "really good" using the accomplishments of others as a benchmark for what "really good" means.

EDIT: This is not the only way to measure or inspire progress, of course, but it's one that seems to work well for a lot of people.