The Conquistadors of the 16th century, the industrial revolution, the atomic bomb, the nuclear bomb, democratic elections, almost every business model and even the evolutions of the human intelligence, is based on the need of learning how to master and gain a competitive advantage over other members of the species.
But what has this mindset gotten us so far? Aside from positive innovation, we have been left with a world that is constantly in conflict, a world in which to trump another is to obtain success in any setting (academia, business etc.) and a world in which scarcity has resulted in nations hoarding resources and creating an unbalanced consumption. These resources, if equally distributed and efficiently used, could help build global sustainability and tend to the three billion in need of basic necessities, nourishing their longstanding stunted development.
At such point, we should realize that competition can have detrimental consequences and at such a point is where the act of collaboration finds its place. Thanks to the Internet, we have been able to see the power of collaborative effort and witnessed a brighter side of humanity, providing new opportunities and empowering individuals to develop communities dedicated towards solving real problems while being anywhere in the world. This is not to say that humanity did not exist before the Internet, but thanks to the influence of cyber-culture, there is certainly a shift in the way boundaries are perceived by today’s generation. Many more people are informed today, leaving little room for discrimination and injustice to go on without being noticed. People are realizing the socioeconomic differences that exist in today’s world and humanity is starting to see the plight of its fellow humans in a picture far clearer than ever before. And the best part about it, people are starting to get bothered. Bothered by the continuous marginalization and exploitation of the third world countries. Bothered by the west’s privileged living made possible at the expense of third world’s cheap labor and bendable governing system. Revolutions are happening with the help of social media and unity, for the first time, extending far beyond the ideals of patriotism and nationalism.
If there was ever a time that it has become easier to collaborate than ever before, it is now. Hospitals should find ways to contribute to other hospitals rather than compete with each other. Non-profit organizations fighting for the same cause should not fight one another, but group together what each organization has to offer to tackle the issues at hand that are larger than the both of them. The strengths of humans must not be used in relevance to reward, rather they should be used and shared among a common species for equal prosperity.