Until we all win, we all loose!


I became a social investor with RangDe sometime back …
Below is my article published in RangDe.org’s Dec 2008 newsletter
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Recently, I came across a quote ‘Until we all win, we all loose!’ (It was in the context of the current global turmoil that has been supposedly triggered by greed)

It made me wonder why people behave out of scarcity mentality. Some may argue that ‘survival of the fittest’ compels one to be selfish and think only about oneself. It might be true deep in the sea that the big fish swallows the small one. ‘Survival of the fittest’ might be the only law applicable in a jungle. But, the world of human interaction is neither a deep sea nor a dense forest that one is compelled to be selfish and think only about oneself!

We humans are gifted with an amazing brain – we need not behave the way animals do!

Let’s assume there are 10 people and 1000 food-grains among them. In such a scenario, there are 3 basic options available to them:

1. They all can fight amongst each other and the lone survivor will eat all of them till he needs or the grains get spoiled. Certainly a barbaric option!

2. A better one but still a short-sighted option would be they all share 100 grains, eat them and then starve to death later!

3. The best & wisest option would be they all get together and keep aside a portion of the grains with which they cultivate more such grains for the future and survive on the remaining portion.

Now, isn’t that what creative human brains should do? This is what truly means ‘increasing the size of the pie’ OR ‘having the pie and eating it too!’

I feel that many of problems faced by today’s world (be it terrorism or be it food riots) have their roots in ignoring the fact that ‘Until we all win, we all loose’. As long as the gap between the richest and the poorest is huge and the people at the bottom of the pyramid are ‘exploited’, there would be ‘incentives’ for a few to resort to ways that are not ‘harmonious and peaceful’. Do not think that I am trying to promote ‘socialism’ here. I strongly feel that it does pay to provide ample opportunities to climb up the ladder and enjoy the comforts of higher order to those who have capability but scarce resources.

When I came across www.RangDe.org, I was delighted to see how it is applying technology to contribute (in its own humble ways) in ensuring each one of us wins!

RangDe

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