Pursuing fulfilment without harm leads to free and fair competition, competition in which we realise our potential but do not harm other’s. It is a struggle to be ourselves, not a struggle against each other.
When we compete, we must not harm. To harm is the wrong way, it contravenes the principle of no harm. The right way is to compete by doing our own best in our own way, not by denigrating or excluding others.
Fair competition in open and free markets, according to the principle of no harm, facilitates the realisation of our potential. Competition tells us who is better at different things and what methods produce the best results. Competition provides a driver for improvement. It helps us find niches where we are best and avoid those where we are worst. Competition is an important, democratic method of sorting and filtering effort and stimulating improvement without central planning or control.
Competition in markets and in trade is not a zero sum game. There are no absolute winners or losers. It is not a game with a fixed beginning and end. It is unending and time independent, the options endless and plays continuous. It is about doing better and finding what we are best at, not winning. Only those of following the wrong way (of money with harm) try to win absolutely by putting others out of business, by harming.
[Excerpt from The Common Purpose Manifesto]