Editorial – “Why We Do What We Do To Each Other”

Retirees for Single Payer Health Care
December 6, 2015

We are alienated (to cause to be withdrawn or isolated from the objective world*) from each other.  As a result, we see ourselves as if we are in a race (any contest or competition, especially to achieve superiority*).

We see each other through the lens of how much we possess.  We do not see each other as human beings but rather as competitors (rivalry between two or more persons or groups for an object desired in common*). 

The basis of our alienation from each other is our social relationship, either someone works for me or I work for someone.  The result is a group of billionaires who own the access to food, space and our other vital requirements that we produce.  We compete to work for them. 

The struggle we are in is to change our social relationship from one of competition to one of cooperation (the combination of persons for purposes of production, purchase, or distribution for their joint benefit*).

This is because the way we produce the necessities of life is changing.  Robotics is antagonistic to competition.  But poverty and racism are not antagonistic to competition. This is why poverty and racism are growing in this country.