It is a very dangerous assumption: that we arrived at this point in our evolution using the mechanisms of Darwinian theory, which may be summed up as “the survival of the fittest in the struggle for existence.”

You are a community

If you understand the nature of who you are, you realize that you are actually a community of about 50 trillion living cells. Each cell is a living individual, a sentient being that has its own life and functions but interacts with other cells in the nature of a community

Evolution is based on cooperation

Evolution is based on cooperation. Until we understand that, we keep competing with each other, struggling and destroying the planet without recognizing that our survival is in cooperation and that our continued competition is the death knell of human civilization.

Why Compassion and Competition are Needed in Equal Measures

You might think that in order to be competitive you need to be ruthless; showing no compassion for your opponent. Dr Bruce Lipton reveals how it’s the opposite that’s actually true. As he explains, the original definition of competition is ‘to strive together’.

If you play sport and you’re really good, you don’t want to play with somebody who’s not good. It’s not going to help you do your game any better at all. You want to play with someone who’s better than you. If you want to improve, you have to improve against someone who’s better.

Bruce says that research on infants has shown that this knowledge is innate.

This is so fundamental to being human that an infant before two can clearly see if somebody’s helping or somebody’s not helping and that they have an affinity to the ones that help.

Over time, we’ve confused the true meaning of the word competition and we’ve lost our conscious connection to the power of compassion.

If I could reduce you to the size of a cell and drop you inside your own body, you would see a very busy metropolis of trillions of individuals living within one skin. This becomes relevant when we understand that health is when there is harmony in the community and dis-ease is when there is a disharmony that tends to fracture the community relationships.

So, number one, we are a community.