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In the lyrics of one song, it says "The winner takes it all, the loser standing small." How true is it ?
 
If we were to view life as an unequal contest between beings, there will always be winners and losers for the objectives strived for. Whether it is a grim fight for food between two predators, or a sports contest between athletes, it is a case of the winners getting the spoils sought after and not the losers. In the lyrics of the above song, it indicates a competitive element. The participants in a contest would be of unequal talents and varying motivations. Finally, one would emerge the winner, having succeeded by will and capitalizing on his attributes like strength, cunning or talents. For example, the winner in a talentime contest for singers would have displayed his talents for singing and delivery But along the way, he would have displayed perseverance and stamina to outlast the other contestants. In any contest between two participants equal in abilities, for example, two tigers pursuing a deer luck may come into play. The leading tiger may pull a muscle or stumble on a stone. Then the less able contestant would snare the prey and emerge the winner.

There must be advantages of being a winner, or there would no participants in contests. However, there are also benefits acquired along the way for those striving to be a winner. The contestants could have learned the virtues of hard work, perseverance and fortitude. They could also have been rewarded for learning to seize opportunities and when to be aggressive, patient or discrete. The winners like those in a marathon or the first man to achieve a medical breakthrough, would receive the praise and accolades due to them from an admiring people. Monetary rewards and fame could follow. What about those who have lost? It is said that no one loves a loser. Take the Olympics for example. People remember the recipients of the gold medals but do not quite remember the silver medal recipients. For the losers, it would be hard to remember their participation !

We should, however, commiserate with the losers. They have displayed the courage of striving participants in a contest or competition. They should be encouraged to continue taking part in future quizzes or essays where the losers do not take away anything. Far be it for us to discourage and add to the feelings of sadness and inadequacy of those who lose. Losers should also learn to accept their losses as no one loves a sore loser. Those who had lost should also learn to acquire the skills which winners employed to emerge winners like skills of cultivating the necessary talents, patience, courage, perseverance and so on.

We should also consider whether there should always be winners and losers. Why should there only be two parties, the winners and losers? The business world has learnt to recognize the benefits of a win-win situation. For example, let us consider this scenario. A firm could introduce a superior product, to the public at a reasonable price. The public would take to the product and the company could increase its profits through increased volumes even though the company has lowered its usual price. The firm and the public would both benefit or be 'winners'.

We could introduce this 'win-win' philosophy in schools. Otherwise, the top students are often feted, while the poor students at the bottom will be regarded as dunces. This is not to disregard that competing or striving to be number one fuels and achievement-based culture. However, it is good to recognize that every participant in a contest is probably trying his best. Also, not everyone can be a winner. Our role as non-participants should be to encourage all competitors regardless of winners and losers. In the case of schools, a student should be encouraged to develop his talents in whatever field he is interested in or has an aptitude for. In this way, he can emerge a winner in his own right, if not in school but later on in life.

     
fortitude   resilience
     
accolades   tributes
     
commiserate   sympathize
 
 

 

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