You should spend around 40 minutes on this task.
Some people prefer competition to co-operation today. How far do you support this view?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
People of the ultra-modern era get very often confused on deciding on when, where and with whom they have to compete or co-operate. I think in a more complex situation in which the people live today, compared to the past forces them to be more aggressive in nature than to be co-operative in most cases.
In the past, when people led an agrarian life, they usually had enough time, resources and opportunities to excel in their respective fields. In fact, they were satisfied with what they had. As the population was thin, opportunities were waiting for them and many of them made use of these to the fullest. Therefore, they appeared to be more co-operative than competitive.
Nevertheless, with an advanced technological explosion, man has made unprecedented changes in every aspect of his life. To be precise, in almost all economic, social and personal situations, people have got their nerves tighter than ever before. For example, pressure is seen mounting on people wherever they are: at school, at work or in their social or personal relationship, and they have no way left out other than competing. On top of that, unparalleled changes in the standard of living have kept ‘success’ miles away from the modern man, and naturally this has made him self-centered. More frequently, he started finding success by competing rather than co-operating and has discovered some sorts of pleasure in competing.
There are a sizeable proportion of people who still prefer to co-operate more by helping each other. This can be often seen in situations such as in natural calamities or in case of famine. Unfortunately, majority are seen remaining unconcerned and insensitive even in such extreme cases.
To conclude, howbeit co-operation is a much needed quality today, and each individual is aware of its value, the existing situation persuades him to prefer competition.