According to the culture of the Church of Jehovih, the concept of cutthroat rivalry based on small minded egocentrism goes against the fundamental principles of remaining in harmony with the natural world. It is better to focus on the importance of cooperation, balance, and the well-being of the community as a whole.
The Oahspe tells us that everything in the world is connected. This includes humans, nature, and all living beings. The emphasis is placed on maintaining a harmonious relationship with all aspects of creation, as each part contributes to the overall balance and well-being of the whole. Cutthroat rivalry, driven solely by self-interest and without regard for the impact on others or the environment, disrupts this delicate balance. It disregards the understanding that the well-being of the individual is intricately linked to the well-being of the community and the natural world. Instead of fostering sustainable relationships and mutual support, it promotes a mindset of scarcity, greed, and short-term gain.
Such a destructive mindset ultimately undermines the very things it seeks to preserve. It disrupts the natural cycles, depletes resources, and erodes the fabric of communities. In contrast, cooperation and a broader perspective that considers the welfare of all beings are seen as essential for the long-term preservation and flourishing of individuals, communities, and the environment.
By embracing a more holistic and inclusive approach, Faithists encourage individuals to recognize their connection with others and the environment. It promotes the idea that true success and well-being come from a harmonious balance and the conscious consideration of the greater good, rather than solely pursuing individualistic and narrow-minded interests.
— Brother Good Medicine