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Philosophy of Life

Montaigne writes about his life philosophy. He does not do this all at once, nor in a terribly orderly fashion. He has intentionally shared his thoughts throughout this entire book, through each of the essays, the letters and the entries into his travel logs. He believed in virtue. He was primarily a Christian. He had a Catholic father and a Jewish mother. He was raised gently and believed in kindness.

Competitiveness has its place in the philosophy of life of Montaigne. However, out of proportion, competitiveness can be unhealthy, even within teams. While Montaigne does not write about "teams per se" he does by virtue of writing about alliances. Feudalism showed the benefits and limitations of alliances. "Bottom up," and "top down" unity throughout levels of governance and dominance result in a unified system of operations. Feudalism is marked by rather severe dis-unities. This resulted in...

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