Joint competition could be the cure for America’s social ills

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A prime wisdom is a prophetic, engaging, and thought-provoking look at the world of politics, religion, and interpersonal relationships that is a very timely read in regards to current events.

In his book, V. Frank Asaro defines his theory of “cooperation”, a natural unification of cooperation and competition. Too much of one and not enough of the other, Asaro says, causes imbalance. Using the example of a rigging canoe (illustrated on the cover of his book), he says, “Piled up in the main hull are competitive free-enterprise elements, but at the end of the stringers is the pontoon itself, which houses ethics, business law and regulation “. Working together, they balance and keep the canoe afloat.

This “sweet spot” is not an exact balance between the two, but the fulcrum exists in a different place for each case. Some fighting (competition) is a good thing, says Asaro. Likewise, we all need some regulation or we would live in chaos. A stable government, he says, “can be provided by finding the point of synthesis between the power of the masses and that of an influential elite in society.”

Asaro first developed this theory of cooperation in the 1970s and has been writing about it ever since. Now, in his groundbreaking book, he tackles tough topics like illegal immigration, government overspending, gun control, education, and social security.

I found this book interesting and it gave me a better understanding of some political issues and why America is fighting right now. I especially liked his argument on gun control (it tells us where the sweet spot is and why) and names pro-gun freedom advocates, including the Dalai Lama, Indira Gandhi, and George Orwell. I also found the section on social engineering fascinating, and how the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae loan debacle started the downward spiral into the 2008 recession.

If you give people too much, Asaro says, they will forget how to take care of themselves and become increasingly dependent on the government. Give an example of the near extinction of a wild monkey race in Costa Rica. Tourists and park naturalists had been feeding them, so the cute mothers had forgotten how to teach their young to drill themselves in the forest. Young people, without continuous external support, began to starve.

Asaro’s book offers solutions for finding this “sweet spot” between competition and cooperation in the above areas and more. His vast knowledge of social issues and his obvious intellect make for a great read.

I really enjoyed this book and it has given me some discussion and some solid arguments to back up some of my beliefs as a conservative and to see the more liberal side of the people in their thinking. Even if you are not interested in social issues, this contributes to a deeper understanding of how human intuition works, given the opportunity, in the natural regulation of the sometimes outlandish arms of other tribes, countries, or governments.

Asaro, inventor, lawyer, philosopher, musician, composer and more, uses his knowledge and a lifetime of learning to give us a book that will be the subject of much debate by his readers for years to come. It’s so rich you’ll want to keep it for your reference, and you’ll find solutions to questions you’ve never thought to ask.

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