Competition and the Game of Life
“Every day in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better be running.”
This was the quote from Abe Gubegna, an author and journalist from Ethiopia. While we consider these very competitive animals from Africa, the same truth happens all around us: the Owl must out-fly the slowest sparrow, the rabbit must outrun or “out-born” the eating predators, the insects must out-wit the eyes of the birds.
That is Life. This is the Game of Life.
No person can escape this. There will be victors and there will be those that are vanquished. It’s harsh and it’s real.
In a previous post, (read this, A Warrior in the Information Age) I talked about the Art of War and how we all have to keep on innovating to win the war.
Which brings me to my point: animals keep on running fast to survive: the predator needs to find its next meal while the prey to evade the killers. But man has vanquished its major predators (dinosaurs!? 😀 and Sabre Tooth Cats) These animals have gone extinct and so man becomes lord, with a small “l” of the earth.
Man’s kind increases on the earth and competition from a 2-party brawl becomes a World War – a chaotic many-sided fight for dominance. The end is not fighting with your enemy but fighting against yourself, especially when you have been the winner for almost forever.
Looking at the Fight between Filipino Manny Pacquiao and Emmanuel Marquez, it’s a one sided battle for supremacy, with one side always challenging the top boxer. When you are on the top, you make the rules, you take all the cash, but you are always on the guard. Why? Because sloth and laziness might creep in and boom, a single unguarded moment could spell your downfall.
A challenger and underdog, Marquez, can be at an advantage. You have nothing to lose and something to gain. The pain of loss keeps you motivated to find the opportunity to be at the top. The challenger can choose when to attack – the place, the time, the strategy. In fact, the Winner can only wait till his time ends, when he needs to step back.
We have to fight not against the enemy but sometimes even against ourselves, so that when an enemy comes along, we know we are ready.
This is the fun in life. The winners like Manny Pacquiao, might not be winners forever, unless they strive at it. Nothing happens by chance but something will happen by reason. And I’m not Pro-Marquez either. It’s just that life is not set. Tides will change and winds will move. You only hope that these will blow your way because in one instant the Predator and Prey switch sides. 🙂
C’mon Manny you can beat him up next time!
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