TOGETHER - Mobilising for the collective good
If you want to go fast, walk alone. If you want to go far, walk with others African proverb
We live in a society that focuses on personal achievement and instant gratification, where people’s worth is measured according to gains and status. Our economic system has permeated down to the way we relate: we see ourselves as a market product that we have to sell at the best possible price.
But there is a lot to lose on the way up. When we concentrate on securing a future for ourselves, every person we meet becomes a competitor.
The bottom line is, we need each other.
But how do we transform our societies from those based on individualism to ones that embrace cooperation, where we evolve from a marketplace of goods into a society of values? Robert Axelrod in his book The Evolution of Cooperation first used the iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma game to demonstrate that we are not wired for competitive natural selection, and that we are perfectly fit for cooperation to emerge and persist.
Transforming society is a huge task, but we can’t give up the fight for the right of the dispossessed, those whose nations have been plundered, to live under a system that values everybody, diverse as we are, wherever we happen to be born, purely for being who we are. A system that ensures basic needs and rights for human beings will be met, and where our individual efforts are joined for the common good.
If we want to transform our world, we have to start seeing others as our associates, our journey companions, our allies. It’s amazing what we can achieve when we work together.
Laura and Damian Santamaria