Winners & losers

“Hang out with the winners”
“No pain, no gain”
“What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”
As Nietzsche, so eloquently puts it
But not everyone
Makes it into the second group
Some aren’t strong
Some aren’t winners
What about them?
Is it the loser in me
Who always roots for the underdog?
You don’t have to be a winner
Or the strongest
To live in this world of mine


7 thoughts on “Winners & losers

    1. I agree with you completely. America is built upon those principles. Perhaps Australia has similar sentiments … It is fascinating to read Nietzsche’s biography especially his struggles near the end of his life.

      1. I agree. We need to see that he could not himself really do this, or even really believe this. The story about the horse in Italy is so rich that when he broke down, we can read a lot into it. In the end, N could not stand cruelty. Not like that. And neither can I – not of that kind. I do not understand how people can be cruel to animals – and Nietzsche it seems could not understand it either…and while I admire his personal courage he had that whole bit wrong. As for America, I don’t know. Australia is different really, not better, just different. America seems so competitive that the point of it all seems to be lost…

  1. The “winners and losers” scenario of competition instead of cooperation is the basis of our hierarchical, male dominated societal systems.

    Human contrived hierarchies are essentially oppressive.

    All people are not exploitive by nature.

    If everyone is the boss, who will be the labourer?

    Someone must always clean the toilets, mop the floors, wash the windows and perform all the tasks, skilled and unskilled, that are absolutely vital for production and the very existence of society.

    Because they perform these essential menial tasks, does this automatically make them “losers”?

    These are the people who make possible the production of all the goods and services that permit the existence of what we so loosely call civilization.

    The capitalist profit machine, through control and manipulation of a debt-based, commodified and usurious monetary system, takes unearned income from the very workers who make the system function.

    The working class labours under the illusion that there is no alternative to the debt slavery created by the rampant and wasteful consumerism they make possible through their toil.

    The they labour endlessly, around the clock, against their own best interests, to maintain a system that is designed to exploit them whilst enriching their oppressors.

    “Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”
    Abraham Lincoln, Annual message to Congress, December 3, 1861.

  2. “Winner take all” goes with these as well. This classic American attitude doesn’t leave much for the rest of the world. Thanks for writing about this. Lovely post.

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