Anyone who has played a team sport, cut a business deal or raised a brood of children knows that mutual cooperation and competition can combine. The undertow of competition is aggression and anger, sentiments which are hard-wired into human beings. Rehearsals, conversations, coalitions, communities or workshops can countervail against this destructive pull, because the impulse of goodwill is also imprinted in our genes. As social animals, we have to work out through experience how to strike a balance.
Sennett Richard, Together – The rituals, Pleasures and politics of Cooperation, 2012, page 11