The people who are in control: politicians, the rich and powerful; are primarily motivated by animal drives.
The quest for material gain, power, and prestige, is simply the way human males subconsciously manifest sexual competition: to demonstrate that they are the dominant, and therefore most suitable, of mates.
It is no different from primitive man dragging home the largest animal carcass.
This behavioral trait applies to all men, and is deemed competitive spirit.
The emergence of women, in the normally male dominated arena, is a socioeconomic phenomenon, and is not instinctive
Females compete in nature, but not to this extreme