Cooperation Vs. Competition
Trip Start Jan 11, 2012
41Trip End Jun 20, 2012
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We had dinner out several nights ago with some friends and after a healthy delicious meal, we all wanted dessert. There was plenty to choose from: brownies with ice cream, warm cobbler with ice cream, chocolate tart with ice cream. Notice a pattern? 90% of the desserts included ice cream to complete them. Well, they were out of ice cream! We asked our waitress if someone could go across the street to the store to buy some ice cream and she said no.
You may think this is a silly question, but when I've traveled through parts of Central and South America, we always heard, "yes, yes, we have that." I particularly remember a trip to Peru where we dined at small, quaint restaurants
I observed a different type of cooperation in Luxor, Egypt. While taking a horse carriage ride through town, there was a lot of screaming and yelling going on between the drivers and street vendors and other drivers. At first I thought it was rode rage (my Los Angeles background), but as I looked closer, everyone was working together so that they all won. Drivers would back up down narrow passageways to let a carriage through. Vendors would push carts out of the way. The loud voices that I originally mistook for anger, were just loud voices. There was a sense of play for them while maneuvering through town.
I have found Hawaii to be definitely less stressful and competitive than life on the main land. Something about living in paradise surrounded by all this water. People here are open and generous (even though the waitress wouldn't get us ice cream.) I'm sure as I immerse myself into the Hawaiian culture I'll find even more of that cooperation that I observe in other parts of the world.