How To Understand Life: Combat Vs. Cooperation


  • A useful frame for looking at life is that it’s one part combat, one part cooperation
  • By frame I mean a mental map, the map is not the territory but is useful nonetheless
  • The first part of life is combat – for food, women, money, resources, status and many other things
  • People talking about equality of outcome don’t like to acknowledge that reality
  • The reality is that nature is a food chain, or a pyramid (not a metaphor, a reality)
  • It’s only because we dominated it to such an extent that we we’re able to step out of it
  • We, as men, are the most dominant predator species in the know universe
  • Thats what allows us our current life of luxury and the opportunity to even discuss these things
  • The rabbit doesn’t have that luxury, the rabbit doesn’t protest the lion, it runs
  • Everyday you compete for resources, women, clients and many other things
  • You need to eat living things to survive
  • This is one half of life
  • The second part of life is cooperation
  • We we’re evolved to live in hunter/gatherer tribes cooperating with each other to compete for food
  • You see acts of cooperation and kindness all the time and it’s a beautiful thing
  • And if you’re smart, you’ll find the right people to cooperate with to get what you want
  • That means building your tribe – the people that will help you compete
  • It also means giving the best service to your customers and clients
  • Most guys f$$# this up and compete within their tribe and cannibalize each other’s progress
  • Or the forget about their clients once the contract is signed
  • Building a competent, cooperative tribe is even more crucial in today’s world
  • We’re living in the biggest technological revolution ever
  • From the internet to social media to AR to VR to AI to automation to blockchain – it’s unprecendented
  • The future is incredibly unpredictable and you need the right team in place to win
  • If you’re smart, you’ll wake up ready to compete, but also ready to cooperate with the right people