ambition- good or bad?

Discussion in 'Philosophy, Religion and Spirituality' started by "Lewis", May 23, 2010.

  1. "Lewis"

    "Lewis" Registered User

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    Ambition is one of the human characteristics that leads us to war, just as it could as easily lead us to progress in a competitive market, creating jobs and a good cash flow. Everything has 2 sides. So, if you're for it, you support the aggression it creates, but if you're against it, you're against human progress and intuition.
     
  2. PeterLT

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    A lack of ambition usually results in stagnation and want. Ambition is not always a cause of aggression and even if it is, it's not always a bad thing. To be desirous to be free is an ambition to many, even today. Ambition is not the problem, it is the execution that gets us in trouble. Is a bank robber less ambitious than an entrepreneur? Was Lenin less ambitious than Benjamin Franklin?
     
  3. Benton

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    I think I would also add if ambition leads to pride, it could be a negative attribute. Being proud of an accomplishment is one thing, but being prideful tends to lead to conceit, etc. So I think ambition to improve ourselves as Masons, fathers, husbands, employees, or employers, those sorts of things, is great and worthy of praise. So long as it doesn't lead to a prideful attitude that might lack in humility.
     
  4. PeterLT

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    Well put and a reason why many of history's greats have fallen in shame. It's always a good idea to keep one's feet firmly on the ground.
     

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