Destroying the Competition

Charles Darwin borrowed the term, “survival of the fittest” from Herbert Spencer, using it in the fifth edition of, “On the Origin of Species.” This biological term loosely meant, “those most fitted to survive will ultimately survive.

The later rise of Social Darwinism generated arguments that the strong in society should see their wealth and power increase, while the weak should see it decrease. This ideology may have been seized by the capitalists at the end of the 19th century, as an ethical principle that endorsed ruthless economic practices to gain a competitive advantage.

This idea still motivates business’ today, with a win at all costs mentality seen as the way to secure that contract, attract new customers or drive competitors out of the marketplace. But is destroying the competition the best way to succeed in business?

Two passages of ancient wisdom come to mind, the first from King Solomon, “And I saw that all labour and achievement spring from man’s envy of his neighbour. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” And the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you not only look after your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

These passages suggest the Kingdom Administration principle of not seeking advancement from the wrong motivation. Being competitive is fine, but not at the cost of destroying the livelihood of someone else, and possibly your own reputation. This principle won’t help your business survive, it will help it thrive.

Tony Elshof
Tony Elshof
I’m a Wollongong boy, and absolutely love the coastal life. I’m married to Michelle, and we have two beautiful children, Joshua and Ariel. I believe the meaning of life can be summed up in 10 words, “Find God, discover His purpose for your life, follow it!”
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