If your sole objective is to maximize your own gain, then yes, you're better off stealing.

If you have an over-arching societal objective to maximize everyone's profit, I'm afraid it is not possible.

**This is a zero-sum game. Someone has to lose if others gain.**

Example:

Players A,B,C,D,E.

1 Crop per player.

A steals from B,C,D,E and get 4 spirits.

A plants his own and got his stolen by B,C,D.

A gets 10 spirits from his crops.

Total of spirits A gets = 14.

B steals from A,C,D,E and get 4 spirits.

B plants his own and got his stolen by A,C,D.

B gets 10 spirits from his crops.

Total of spirit B gets = 14.

C steals from A,B,D,E and get 4 spirits.

C plants his own and got his stolen by A,B,D.

C gets 10 spirits from his crops.

Total of spirits C gets = 14.

D steals from A,B,C and gets 3 spirits.

D is unable to steal from E because E has been stolen 3 times.

D plants his own and got his stolen by A,B,C.

D gets 10 spirits from his crops.

Total of spirits D gets = 13.

E is unable to steal from A because A has been stolen by B,C,D.

E is unable to steal from B because B has been stolen by A,C,D.

E is unable to steal from C because C has been stolen by A,B,D.

E is unable to steal from D because D has been stolen by A,B,C.

E plants his crops and got his stolen by A,B,C.

Total of spirit E gets = 10.

**Conclusion: D and E loses out while A,B,C gains.**

You'll be happy if you're A,B,C.

But you won't be happy if you're D and E.

**Your calculation is wrong because you only want to maximize your own profit, i.e you want to be A,B,C.**

This is inherently selfish.

This is inherently selfish.

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