2016年7月2日托福独立写作范文：Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Competition between friends always has a negative effect on their friendship. (16.07.02)
It has often been thought that completion could be either beneficial or harmful to friendship. When you compete too much with your friends, it could mean the end of a good relationship. In any case, you ought to learn well how to distinguish what is healthy competition between friends and what is not.
More often than not, there is nothing wrong with healthy competition between friends. For example, when you play sports or games and try to beat your friend, competition is normal and natural. This type of competition is healthy because, win or lose; both friends could enjoy it in good humor. Further, betting on which team will win is also a healthy way to compete between friends, without causing resentment and conflict whatever. Generally speaking, positive competition would do you good, motivating you to work harder and strive for more. When in doubt at this point, it is always inspirational to recall the teaching of Confucius: "Friends are more beneficial who are better than you, one way or another."
Trying to be better than your friends at everything might not be so healthy, though. There are several ways in which a friendship could be severely damaged by competition, invariably mixed with rage and/or jealousy. Sometimes, such negative emotions might turn out to be too overwhelming to be swallowed. One sure way to corrupt friendship is when two friends happen to find something they might both want so badly that they could not share peacefully, but opt to compete in a mood of pride and superiority. It is easy to tell that non-healthy examples of competition between friends include: who has the best clothes, the best place to live and the best car. Thus, if you want to keep your friendship healthy, you must try to stop this type of behavior.
Accordingly, if you want to keep friendship alive, it is important to enjoy healthy competition and avoid unhealthy competition. The right thing to do, then, is to keep competition positive, if possible at all. You may now ask yourself this question: given that unhealthy completion between friends is permanent; could friendship as you know it last forever?
In the contemporary society full of pressures, rivalry has crept into nearly every area of our life, which has never failed to attract public attention. Given its ubiquitous presence, many people claim that friends will be pulled apart due to the competition. However, as far as I am concerned, the above claim has oversimplified the situation. Acctually, whether competition between friends usually negatively impacts friendship depends on what kinds of friendship they have established.
On the one hand, the competition between friends will have no negative effect on genuine friendship without any ulterior objectives. As is common sense, in the genuine friendship based on goodness, friends will always desire the good for each other. As a result, competition between them will be regarded as a good chance to achieve self-improvement and thus enhance mutual respect, which will be the foundation of forming a stronger friendship. Take my own experience as an example. Last semester, I and my best friend, Steve, competed for the presidents of the student union. In the course of engaging in the contest, both of us gave our best efforts to make well-prepared work, like writing and revising the speech draft, practicing the oral speech repeatedly and so on, which made us achieve great self-improvement. Whatever the result of the contest was, steve and I were more proud of each other for our progress, resulting in a closer relationship.
On the other hand, competitions will undoubtedly tear out the friendship based on utilities. The ground for friendship of this kind is mutual usefulness which means that once one becomes useless or even harmful to another person, the friendship will accordingly break up. As a result, the rivarly between these people will cause major rifts and thus ruin this kind of friendship. A good case in point is the workplace competition. In a company, the relationship between colleges can evolve into a kind of friendship, whose foundation is based on utilities. However, rivalries for a position or bonus are likely to result in workers resenting one another, thus destroying the friendship. The underlying reason is that competitions make them become opponents instead of friends. As a result, every employee in the contest will have win at all costs" attitude. This can result in a gap between the "haves" and "have nots" that may prove to be unhealthy in internal work relations.
In a nutshell, given the complexity the corelation between friendship and comit is an exaggerated claim that competition between friends usually negatively impacts friendships. As a matter of fact, it hinges on the kinds of friendship you have whether rivarly between friends will cause it fall apart. (440words)