Competition is inevitable in life

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 July, 2009, 12:00am

There is intense competition in Hong Kong. For example, students try to outdo each other in tests and exams. Their ultimate goal is to enter a top university and become a successful person.

Some people think competition can help them learn from others, thus enhancing their skills and performance.

I don't think we should put too much emphasis on competition. In life, we have to compete with our friends and colleagues, and sometimes even our parents.

We will sometimes win, but most of the time we will lose. This means there will be more sadness than joy in our lives.

Competition also puts us under a lot of stress and tension with others.

I don't think competition is essential. We can live better lives with less competition.

Jacky Cheung, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Jacky. You're right when you say competition is exceptionally intense in Hong Kong, as it is on the mainland and other Oriental societies. Western societies are more easy-going and young people are able to grow up in a different kind of environment.

Whether or not this is better is still being argued and will still be argued when you are grey. For the most part, though, life is about competition. If you do not compete for your share of it, you will, unless you are incredibly lucky, miss out. What you need to do is decide what 'your share' is - how much you want and whether or not it is worth chasing. That is the trick.

Susan, Editor