It’s about community, not competition.
A number of people have submitted emails in response to the news post I put up yesterday, and some have asked about the meaning of the Dante quote:
e più d’onore ancora assai mi fenno,
ch’e’ sì mi fecer de la loro schiera . . .
The lines are from The Inferno, Canto 4, a scene in which Dante leaves the dark wood to find himself in a pastoral region that sits apart from the errors of the world and the terrors of Hell. Here, in a place beyond time, he joins with five masters of his craft . . . .
[Read more at 21st-Century Scop.]