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Wanting Everyone to Win

I just got a good email from a friend about emotions and biochemistry. It got me thinking.

Envy and schadenfreude are common emotions. People like seeing their opponents fail.

Is it possible to get over that? Would it be desirable to get over that?

I think envy and schadenfreude and hatred are usually a detriment to people feeling them. This is obvious enough when you're playing a positive sum game - because Positive Sum Games Don't Require Natural Talent, and have a near infinite opportunity for success. Disciplines like inventing, engineering, finance, entrepreneurship, mathematics, and the natural sciences work hand in hand. Every win by an inventor opens lots of doors for engineering, finance, entrepreneurship, math, and science. And indeed, for other inventors.

A lot of people mistake positive sum games - like the economy at large - for a zero sum game. They think that if you get money, they'll get less money. Of course, it doesn't work like that, as our exponentially growing standard of living shows. Even if someone loses a local conflict (to gain market share in a new technology, for instance) they can still go on to invent and innovate in a new field.

Post #6 - Selflessness

On Notes Too Frank

Dear Reader,

I want you to think about this scenario:

There are two people playing basketball. Person A is very competitive. He wants to win every game. He wants to win so badly that he gets mad every time he loses. He throws things, yells at the other players, and fights. He'll punch somebody in the face over losing. Person B is a better basketball player than A. He has played the game longer, and as a result knows how to win consistently in a game of 1-on-1. A and B are good friends.

One day A challenges B to play a game with him, but B knows that if he wins A will throw a tantrum. B cares for A's well-being and hates to see A unhappy. What should B do?

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