2.2.1 What is microcompetition?

Anything that persists and spreads, but is not part of a general strategy to achieve NSG.

2.2.2 What is an example of microcompetition?

Schools teach their students history because they did so yesterday. It is done so not because it is part of some overall strategy to pursue NSG , which might involve the intent to inspire the students to pursue NSG, or to make the students hate it so much that they never waste much more time with it. It is done so simply because of tradition.

It does not matter what the actual effect of history lessons is. The mere fact that the practice is spreading blindly and aimlessly makes them a microcompetitive phenomenon.

2.2.3 What is another example?

An electronics company chooses a clumsy design for its product because it will get to the market quicker and earn greater profits.

2.2.4 Another?

John Doe eats healthy food so he can live long, be happy, and enjoy life.

2.2.4 Why the term microcompetition?

Because when everyone pursues arbitrary wants and preferences, when things grow, change, and spread without an aim, the result is an environment in which everyone competes against everyone else. The competition takes place on a microscopic level. Individual genes and memes all compete on their own. People who unite to face an enemy nonetheless continue to compete against each other. People when alone by themselves wrestle with conflicting ideas, such as desires and ethical principles. Different desires compete against each other and so do different ethical principles. The competition is a big jumble, aimless and subtle.