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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.

The Simple, Most Important Blogging Advice I've Ever Received

On Runner's Ravings

By Steven Chaffin, Jr.

Blogs are a dime a dozen. That’s a concept I used to struggle with when I first started blogging. Whether you admit it or not, everyone who puts their fingers to a keyboard and produces well-written blog posts hopes to get some kind of recognition for it. Like any novelist, essayist, or poet, we want our work to be consumed and enjoyed by others.

The question we all ask ourselves, inevitably, is this:

How do I make my blog stand out among the thousands of others?

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