The conflicts of the modern world. A competitive society

                                                   David Guchua

                                                   Form 11 ‘A’
                                                   January 17, 1999
                           A COMPETITIVE SOCIETY.

                       He, who commands the past, controls the future,
                       He, who controls the future, conquers the past.
      In this composition I would like  to  discuss  the  conflicts  of  the
modern world and the consequences of the competitive  society.  Being  asked
about this I usually start with a competitive society. Because this  is  the
thing we face in every day life and always ask one question ourselves:  ’Why
have we  created  the  world  full  of  troubles  and  problems  whereas  we
ourselves live in it?’ This sounds really paradoxical but it  is  true.  For
instance, the taxes in our country bring so  many  troubles  to  people  who
want to start their own business that they simply have to find ways  not  to
pay them. Thousands of examples all over the world can  be  given  here  but
the idea is that, understanding all this, we do  not  try  even  to  improve
      On the other hand competitive life exists even at school where  pupils
are to participate in a so-called ‘racing game’ which is  based  on  gaining
better marks and results in everything. This idea is not  new  that  is  why
different people at different times tried to solve this  problem.  The  most
famous is the of about social equality.  The  idea  of  social  equality  is
really silly, to my mind, because there will always be one  who  will  think
that he is better than the others and just only due  to  this  we  will  not
ever get equality.
      On the contrary, if there  is  no  competitive  society  there  is  no
development. It is of no  use  of  aspiring  to  the  best.  Nothing  but  a
competitive society made a man  make a flight to space. Besides, there  were
a lot of other discoveries, which improved the life and  social  conditions,
which happened only due to competitive society.
      I believe, that there exists only one solution.  It  is  nesessary  to
develop the competitive society limited with a strict  law.  Because  we  do
not realize that this competitive society  reflects  Darwin’s  theory  about
survival but on a higher level. Moreover, we do not realize  that  the  last
level of such development is a war.
      From my point of view, the  problem  of  a  war  is  the  most  urgent
problem nowadays due to the invention of new high technological weapons  and
weapons of mass destruction. It is extremely important to bear in mind  that
the only horrible thing, which will ever happen, is the third world war.
      Wars are counterproductive and useless. A war has no explanation.  But
why do wars start? According to  history  wars  can  start  because  of  the
territory division, problems of  religion,  envy,  misunderstanding  between
diplomats. However, there are many other reasons why a war starts. The  main
idea is that people do not usually understand the causes of war and  do  not
understand its reasons because politicians usually decide  weather  the  war
should start or not. But let us pass over to the history of wars.
      The main idea is that the first thousand male human beings  were  ever
gathered together, they belonged to an army, and  large-scale  slaughter  of
people happened soon afterwards.  Moreover,  the  first  army  carried  such
weapons as spears, knives, axes, perhaps bows and arrows  and  its  strength
did not  lie  in  mere  members  but  in  discipline  and  organisation.  In
addition, drill is what transforms a mob  of  individual  fighters  into  an
army. Therefore, the basic forms  of  military  drill  are  among  the  most
unchanging elements of human civilisation. Though every  man  died  his  own
death, what happened was quite impersonal during the battle of  well-drilled
armies. The result is that thousands of men would die in half  an  hour,  in
an area not bigger than a couple of two  football  fields.  Consequently,  a
question immediately comes to mind: ‘How could men do this?’ The  reason  is
that a formation of drilled men has a different psychology, which  tends  to
overpower  the  personal  identity  and  fears  of   the   individuals.   In
conclusion, people will kill if they find themselves in  a  situation  where
their own survival is threatened and due to this anybody  can  be  persuaded
and manipulated in this way.
      But the war has changed through the ages  in  some  ways.  First,  the
reasons of war somehow differ. Besides, the scale of wars  has  changed.  In
addition the technology has greatly changed and plenty of new  weapons  have
appeared. But war has not changed in one thing. It is suffering it brings.
      If you want my opinion then I am sure that I will never fight in a war
if I do not understand the reasons and aims of this war. The  only  thing  I
will fight for is my family. Maybe, you  are  surprised  because  I  haven’t
said ‘motherland’ but I will not fight for my  motherland  if  I  find  it’s
politically wrong or not suitable for me.
      Besides, what really irritates me is that a lot of important facts are
neglected in our history books and, reading them,  you  get  the  impression
that the Second World War for instance was nothing but a set  of  dates  and
battles. This makes the younger generation misunderstand the reality of  war
and understand it thoughtlessly.
      Finally, let’s hope that there will never  ever  happen  any  war  and
there will be the time when people will understand all  the  uselessness  of

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