- If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last… (Mark 9:33-35)
- For he that is not against us is on our part. (Mark 9:40)
“Against” focuses on beating other people (the enemy/opponents) and is an inefficient, destructive, every-man-for-himself system. This corrupt competitive system is learned in childhood, and is taught by misguided coaches, teachers, parents, etc. Its followers worship idols (sports heroes, movie stars, and arrogant leaders in most organizations).
“With” focuses on building relationships and creating prosperity by using cooperation, transparent and effective systems, and is taught by relatively few people. However, it is the only agent that can save us from ourselves. Together we enjoy seeing beauty in nature and creating works of art. Running with others builds a better relationship than trying to beat them in a race. If we want to drive fast, then we should drive very fast (at appropriate places) and notice our speed, instead of focusing on other vehicles in a race, traveling at almost the same speed as we are going.
The “Against” mentality shows up today in bickering politicians and news media, violence-filled entertainment, bullying, terrorism…
The “Against” system is broken. Democrats and republicans point fingers at each other and nothing gets done. Businesses rank their employees against each other instead of rewarding levels of expertise and achievement. Leaders of nations plot against other nations (U.S. wants to build a wall against Mexico. North Korea wants to nuke other countries. Iran wants death for Israel and U.S.) Entertainment companies produce endless fighting instead of ethical character and plot development.
And where does “Against” lead us? –To a destructive cycle of violence. As E. E. Cummings wrote, “all ignorance toboggans into know and trudges up to ignorance again”. It is a vicious cycle going nowhere.
A ”With” system needs to evolve to help us solve the old and new problems, e.g. where robots, driver-less cars and trucks, and artificial intelligence will replace much human labor, totally changing our economic way of life.
We are the gods that can
create paradise – if we have a
“With” (abundance) mentality.