Christopher Smith MD Author

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Overcoming the Innate Need to Compete

Overcoming Competition

In biology we view competition as one organism winning and one losing.

Competition is a relationship between organisms that strive for the same resources in the same place. The resources might be food, water, or space. Interspecies competition is the driving mechanism underlying Darwin’s theory of evolution.

In our lives we act much the same way. We all compete for different reasons on a daily basis. Whether that is for a better job, better pay, nicer car or a nicer house.

But can we rise above this??

When my wife and I were visiting Marco Island, Florida, we watched these 2 birds flying around together, one was a large Pelican and one was a small seagull. Here is a photo I took of them flying together.

At first we though the larger bird may be trying to scare away the smaller bird from the food. But as we watched further, we noticed something marvelous.

The larger bird would dive and catch food, then rest in the water with its mouth open. Then the smaller bird would fly down and eat some of the food… the larger bird was actually feeding his smaller friend, a completely different species!

This is contrary to the idea of interspecies competition in evolution. The birds had risen above their natural tendencies and shared resources.

In much the same way, I believe we can all rise above our natural tendency to compete for resources and learn to share of our abundance to help those who may seem different from us, but in reality are all a part of one family, the human family #share #help

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