Pyramid Philosophical

Sunday, December 06, 2009


Ambition illustrates self-interest. Achievement of personal goals at any cost, but a lack of ambition can appear to manifest itself as depressed confidence. Does a predisposition to alcohol addiction interfere with this sense of ambition? Which is the driver - alcohol addiction being the result of a lack of confidence or poor confidence giving rise to a susceptibility to alcohol addiction? In any event, is this simply an apparent genetic flaw? Is this a flaw or actually a strength?

It is a strength as this allows the characteristics of compassion and empathy to develop, presuming these are qualities. The route through life is affected and the learning as a result is significant. This can be far in excess of pure self-driven ambition. Confidence can grow (or be restored) in different and subtle ways. It is the things we learn in our past and present that shape the future that we can create. A lack of ambition is not suggestive of a lack of success. It simply defines a unique and potentially innovative and creative pathway. This can be interpreted as the ambitious individual being incapable of empathy and compassion, whatever may be claimed. This often manifests in reality. The empathic and compassionate individual is more likely to selflessly care about others rather than self. Those apparently lacking ambition do not crave unattained achievements. They aspire to what they regard as perceived higher ideals.

Offspring may appear physically similar with other similar characteristics, but each human is very unique and has its own spiritual being. Essentially, all human life is totally unique, but every composite being (physical with spiritual) has purpose. Spiritual never implies religious. It is not a requirement that a child be connected with the parent after birth (and then it's only with the mother), but this is the mechanism of the original existence.

Influence is provided by the one who raises the child. Influence does not need to come from the natural (biological) parent. Separation then creating new alliances can produce a better and more successful development. The influence source only is changed. True success is that of the complete being, not just the perceived financial wealth as a marker. The worth of an individual cannot be measured by material possession. Just like intelligence.

Intervention during an individual's development may seem warranted, but this could, in fact, manifest as interference. Any learning can go both ways and the one who feels the compulsion or desire to help may actually be the one to receive a learning as a benefit.

  • Is the dopamine reward system linked to ambition, perceived success and well-being, essentially being "addicted to ambition"?


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