We live in a world full of competition and the desire to be independent, especially the western world. Competition in and of itself is a manifestation of independence, wanting to get what one wants in one's own way as opposed to following the ways of God, which is in and of itself a sin.
Those who are full of the spirit of independence love competition. Competition is not something that they feel pushed into doing, or feel forced into being competitive out of anxiety or a fear of that will be bullied, neglected, oppressed or looked down upon. Those who compete with others feel anxiety or fear of bullied, oppressed or looked down upon. This is all a manifestation of their pride. That is exactly what it is. Such anxiety and fear is an ungodly on that is a product of sin and sin alone.
Beware of those who feel inferior, or who complain about a lack of equal treatment or unfairness because they cannot achieve their earthly goals, or cannot be as good as others, in the earthly sense of course. Such vile wicked people are a snare to those who seek to do nothing out of strife, selfish ambition or vain glory.
Those who love to compete love the desire to compete itself. It makes them feel good about themselves, and feeds on their flesh because competition itself make them feel independent in seeking to be more self-satisfied than others. The flesh is full of such desires to not only make oneself feel better when one gains a greater sense of self-satisfaction but to also have a sense of competition so that one think of oneself as independent in seeking one's own way in competing with others. This manifests in the hatred of a lack of competition because of a lack of the ability to show oneself independent, who is self-sufficient.
The spirit of independent loves competition because it feeds on the desire for competition. The spirit behind such manifestations is the spirit of mammon who manifests in those who are double-minded in loving competition to feel independent, but hate competition when they cannot be satisfied with themselves as compared to others.