“Remember that you often seek to know, not out of love for wisdom, but simply to feel more powerful than your brothers and sisters, or not to feel inferior. None of that is of Christ.” COL bk.2, 20:IV
This quotation is a good description of our competitive culture. We want to achieve more, not out of a desire to learn, but in order not to let others outdo us.
This attitude does not win us any friends. Competitive spirits are a turnoff in what should be a cooperative work environment. Cooperation always comes out ahead of competition.
If we want to know for the sake of wisdom, greater wisdom, we are OK. If we want to know because we are seeking to be better than our peers, we are sunk in the competitive spirit. It is not true that the only thing that has made us a great culture, world-wide, is competition.
Contemplate what a difference a loving and cooperative attitude would make. It is not a copout to give up the bent to be better than another.
It is good sense.