Kind of interesting to consider whether I'd feel different about the capitalism competition if I felt like less of a loser. I mean, realistically I'm a WINNER. But imagine being a billionaire: capitalism would have delivered everything you could wish for. And imagine having worked all your life to be a rich businessman. YOU'VE worked hard, why can't that bloke lying in the sleeping bag in the shop front?
I was just pondering why it is that there isn't a left-wing Murdoch equivalent. And I guess it's because a left-winger is much less likely to become successful in business, because they aren't as likely to WANT to be a 'winner'. Mind you, of course, there are philanthropic billionaires. I wish they'd throw their weight behind a media outlet to rival the right-wing press.
I think so much of what is bad in life (hatred for others, racism, a lot of violent crime) is provoked by feelings of powerlessness, of feeling like a 'loser'. And competition is hard-wired into us, as it is into any organism.
This is not always the case, I'm sure there plenty of envious, bitter artists out there. I guess it's more pronounced in sports. I read an article yesterday about this girl who is the world' best swimmer, by MILES, and was thinking how shit it must be to be even second best to her, knowing that there's somebody out there who will always be better than you no matter how hard you work at it.but competition in art say, is more benign. usually a case of fuck, i cant beleive they done that i have to find a way to match it, whereas sports like tennis are wars of attrition the goal being to grind another mans will down to iron filings