Competition vs. consequences
Out on a Limb
My last column I touched on the positive aspects of competition.
Competition is a great motivator.
The quality of the products we use is increased because businesses compete for your business.
The same motivation also leads to lower prices.
If there was only one automobile manufacturer the price would be dramatically higher.
I suggested that competition between states would lead to lower taxes, better job opportunities, better tourist attractions, higher quality conservation and increased quality in a host of government services.
People would, and do, gravitate toward locations with increased opportunities and better quality of life.
Given a choice of location would you live in Detroit or Glenwood Springs?
I do recognize that we have distinct differences in life style and likes and dislikes.
If it wasn’t for those differences we would all be living in one great ant pile and fighting over the same girl.
One of the great marvels of God’s creation is the incredible diversity of humans.
You are unique. There is only one of you in the entire universe.
No one anywhere has a match for your fingerprints.
Sorry, I turned down a side road.
Getting back to the competition thing, there is the downside.
We humans tend to set a value on success in different areas.
Society succeeds because we have people displaying an incredible range of talent and skills.
We think a football star is of greater value than a good cook, but which one could you do without?
Football tends to use competition as a gimmick to make millions of dollars by attracting fans (fanatics).
The down side is consequences.
Now they are obsessing over concussions and spousal abuse.
In reality the game of football sends a message that the way to success is deception and brute strength.
Competition is great, but there are always consequences, and they are not foreseeable.
Glenwood is rated in the top 10 small communities (population under 20,000) to live in.
That’s wonderful, but now we have traffic problems.
I‘ve got a nickname for Glenwood that results from its geographical location.
I call it Bottle Neck or Choke Point.
It’s a good thing we’ve got competing construction companies to solve the problem or the cost of the consequences could be much higher.
Another area of competition gave us great tobacco products.
We have all sorts from filter type to roll your own to great cigars and pipe tobacco.
My favorites were London Dock and Cherry Blend.
Now we are all focused on the consequences.
We have air quality and pollution.
Even worse is the lung cancer.
The first solution was to slap on a large tax to purportedly go for medical help for cancer victims.
Well, that was sort of like Medicare. Government just drank up that solution (pun).
Now we are pressuring people not to smoke tobacco. There goes that tax.
But oh wait; now we have Cannabis.
It’s not only medical but recreational.
Second hand smoke is probably good for you and your children. (Sarcasm)
Also, consider the incredible tax revenue.
It will be awhile before we realize all of the consequences.
I don’t know about you but I’m sort of leaning back toward tobacco.
Taking a broader look at the competition vs. consequences issue brings us to politics.
Right now we are being flooded with campaign material.
Incumbents and wannabes are spending millions of dollars and flooding us with plans to solve all the problems.
There are consequences if you vote and consequences if you don’t vote.
Theoretically the competition is purported to give us the privilege of selecting the consequences.
The next click up is competition between nations.
There is economic competition with all its consequences such as our companies moving overseas.
The most intense competition of course is war.
The consequences are starvation, persecution, millions dead, etc., etc.
Finally, and most critical is spiritual competition.
The consequences are eternal.
Can you afford to be wrong?
“Out On A Limb” appears on the first Tuesday of the month. Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle, where he is a business owner.
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