Ambition: nice or horrible?
Is it good to have an ambition? Is it bad to have an ambition?
Does the answer to those questions depend on the nature of the ambition being mooted? Or, does it depend on how one conducts oneself on the way to that ambition? Or a combination of both? Or does it depend on the reason for the ambition in the first place?
When you think of someone ambitious, do you think “tiresome loudmouth” or “inspirational role-model”?
As you can perhaps tell, I have been thinking about the concept of ambition today and finding it kind of … mixed.
At the very mention of the word, I think of Macbeth with his trouble with his “vaulting ambition”. It certainly didn’t do him any favours.
My other immediate association is this quote from 1 Thessalonians: “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: you should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
I wonder to what extent leading a quiet life would be classed as a valid “ambition”. I think it’s a good one.
So, it’s my ambition to collect some thoughts about ambition.