Personally I believe it stems from the mentality that everyone deserves a chance to ‘play’ regardless of their talents. It’s like in minor sports, where the coach is required to give every single player, playing time on the ice, or basketball court, or out on the diamond…et cetera, and when it comes to getting a trophy, everyone receives one despite how little or how much they contributed to the team or the sport overall.
The concept of sound competition has lost it’s meaning for the most part, except of course at the professional level where several millions of dollars are at stake, but in schools and in the general media, there is this developing concept of equality, where no one is any better at something than another and it is okay if you’re not the super athlete, you’ll still get your Letterman jacket or a trophy along with everyone else, because God forbid someone might get their feelings hurt or feel left out.
As harsh as this sounds, it doesn't detach from the concept. Realistically someone is going to be able to ski better than you, play baseball better than you, or have a better opinion than you, or the suggestion or advice, which fits the situation better than another's. There's nothing wrong with competition so long as we're not getting excessively physical, violent, or taking the event to an extreme. Having a healthy dose of competition is one of the ways we push ourselves to do better. If we're all equally standing there on the podium getting a gold medal, then what's the point----right? That's my bottom line.