What do you think of competition? Can it be beneficial? It depends on what you're doing, I suppose, but I'm thinking of this in the context of art. For instance, the only person I try to compete with is myself; I seek to constantly refine, but can having a likeminded friend who writes also be beneficial, if you try to outdo one another? From musing this over, I've come to believe that competition, as a mentality, is dangerous. Sure, it can drive us to improve, but that would inflate our egos, when there will always be someone better, and depress us, when we fail to outdo the competitor. Thus, we should try not to compete, but to grow from one another. To experience their art and use it as inspiration for our own. I'd like some other opinions, though.