Most modern humans are pretty bad at cooperation. It should be natural. We all need each other to survive and thrive.
My guess is that, to a large extent, it’s been trained out of us.
All our lives we’ve been divided up into different teams and told to compete with each other. As school kids we are taught to hate the team from the next town. Everyone is trying to do better than everyone else, be it at school, in sports, at work, or just about anything.
Most of our games have winners and losers. The winners are better, of course -never mind how they went about winning.
I’m as bad as anyone else. Just ask anyone who’s played games against me. I’m in it to win.
It doesn’t have to be that way. There are activities without winners or losers. Ever put together a puzzle with other people? No matter who finds the next connecting piece, we all are happy about it. The goal is problem solving. The activity is simple enough, but it is one way we can work together for a common goal. There are some board games that do the same. As a kid, I used to play Dungeons and Dragons. (Yeah, I was a Geek sometimes.) It takes all the talents of the group to have a successful quest.
The quest of life needs a team. Wouldn’t it help if we got more practice working together?
I’ve got to ask myself: who benefits from our disunity? Is there a reason we have so little training in working together. Have we been divided so we can be conquered?
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