The Myth Of Competition
The hype of the media and the church of commercialism of our popular culture is spinning a massive myth that says you are not okay the way you came into this world! The lie of this myth greases the wheels of the advertising machinery. Products are shrouded in an invisible wrapper that screams "buy me" and you will gain acceptance in the world. The truth is; that if the thing that you aim for is prestige, celebrity, visibility, or a gold medal, it is personality that is motivating the competition. From this place, you strive to empower the objectified-egoistic-self-concept at the expense of others, to assert your superiority over other human beings.
From this place your ego strives for the illusion of external power.
What Karl always told us was "there's no one else out there". The only one we are competing with is our self. The only one we are trying to overcome is our self. The only one we're trying to assert superiority over is our self. So the question becomes, "why am I spending all of this energy against myself?"