The wisdom traditions I’ve checked out all teach the same interior process toward well-being, god-centered or not: detach, surrender, trust. Early on, I recognized competition as antithetical to the process, way too hyper, and so did public theologians and psychologists after World War II. They’d describe the personal cost of competition as alienation. If you prevail in something, if you don't, win or lose, you'll be a stranger to yourself, constantly driven, your well-being, at best, elusive. That’s my takeaway from the recent Big Tech hearings in Congress. This was about trust-busting, but the size of the endeavor doesn't matter. Whether a business is big or small, and whatever your role, you're locked in competition. From the hearing came one tech giant's motivation for acquiring another: “neutralize a potential competitor.”  Neutralize. Alienation on a grand scale, and however we participate in the competition, worker or consumer, we're subject to and complicit in our own alienation.

Dan Lunham

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