Competition and Cooperation

Thoughts shared by Neville J. 'Nick' Woolf 

A sobering consideration; contemplating the relationship of the Sun to Earth
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (August 31, 2012)

That we evolved and continue to survive in a fiercely competitive environment is extraordinary, a fact this astonishing picture reminds us. Life on this planet has long competed for resources in order to extend its duration. While mankind has evolved, our relentless quest for 'bigger and better' continues to intensify even though getting ‘more’ material wealth fails guarantee a high quality of life. It is precisely this quest that threatens our very survival.

Today's most asked existential questions seem to be,‘What’s in it for me?’ and ‘Why should I care?’

There is a good reason to care about this work; understanding it and living it.

John Nash quantified the value of an individual as being part of a cooperative unit working for the benefit of the whole. The Nash Equilibrium (1950) is considered to be the optimum competitive solution for two opponents who know each other’s optimal strategy.

The Mereon Matrix reveals the Nash Equilibrium to be inefficient at best. The reason is that the competitiveness it wastes time, human energy and material resources. It also encourages manipulpation, deviousness and outright deceit.

In comparison, the competence implicit in the Mereon Matrix, demonstrated in the educational project BeLonging where kids use the strategy of communal cooperation based on ethical values and prior agreement, leads to a realisation that transcends hope.

Lynnclaire Dennis

The Mereon Legacy CIC, The Pavement, 3 The Pavement, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR3 5BU , United Kingdom