Some good things are carried to the extreme until they are turned into bad things.
Competitiveness v. Combativeness
Competitiveness is a good thing; it builds good character. Competitive people push themselves to increasing levels of performance. They are always trying to win. If you only do something for enjoyment, then you will not care if you lose as long as you have fun. You may or may not be good at what you do, and you do not really care. However, competitors are never satisfied until they win and they keep winning. They are always pushing themselves toward achieving greater things. However, they do not believe in winning at any cost; they play by the rules and respect other competitors.
When competitors carry thing too far and lose respect for themselves and others, they become combative. They look for fights and find them at every corner. They see everything as a challenge of their abilities, so they think they must put down the challenges at any cost. Combativeness is a bad thing.
Good Taekwondo fighters are fiercely competitive, but they are never combative. They will do what it takes to win, but they will not do anything to win; their personal integrity and honor prevents them from winning at any cost. To a true warrior, honor is more important than winning.
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