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"Be always displeased at what thou art, if thou
desire to attain to what thou art not, for where
thou hast pleased thyself, there thou abidestf'
"Be always displeased at what thou art." If you were pleased with your
present circumstance, if you were contented to struggle no more, if you were
happy as you are, would you strive to progress, to accomplish something
greater? No, you would probably say! Such an answer would show that that
vital spark which distinguishes the human race is extinct in your heart. Truly,
the progress of humanity depends almost solely upon the. ambition of the people
to better their conditions, no matter how well they may be situated. Ambition
serves to instil a spirit of rivalry, ambition brings about progress-for the
better and higher things of life, both materialistic and spiritualg it fires men
to do the original, the unprecedented. But-ambition must be of the right
kind, there is ambition for fame and notoriety, for Wealth and power, and for
The desire for fame and notoriety lies deep in the hearts of most people.
How many of us do not love praise and glory? How many would not Wish to
be some famous personality in the day,s news. Few, I fear. Fame is the magnet
that draws multitudes to its polesg that causes men to attempt and to
accomplish great thingsg that sends men across mighty barriers "to discover
new poles." Although a large portion of illustrious people are actuated only by
a thirst for notoriety, yet many accomplish useful and worthwhile things.
What matters, we might ask, if one did aim at fame, providing he has actually
done some lasting good for humanity? Little! Yet it does matter, for certainly
the 'value of the prize is enhanced, if pure and noble emotions won it.
Power and wealth have instigated men to do infinite good and to cause
great suffering, destruction, and harm, they bring out the best and the worst
in their characters. Some men, driven by the lust for power and riches, have
caused terrible ruing others of more stable character have used their ability and
power as an instrument of service and inspiration. Of the former type history
has many examples. Who does not know that Napoleon, inflamed by a mad
purpose to subjugate the World, drove through Europe with his fiery legions
and nearly conquered it, that the pain and destruction he precipitated will
forever brand him? He was, indeed, a genius, but the havoc he wrought clearly
testifies to the misdirection of his talents. We can well see that ambition is
not "a commendable thing," if it is not directed along the right channels. "An
honorable" purpose alone justifies our existence.
The other kind of ambition, that for service, I feel, is the basic principle
that makes the successful man. In the last analysis, we can only justify our
existence by that point, for what is the use of living if we are going to be human
parasites? Were We created to be leeches? Does ought else besides ambition
cause men to progress, to create, organize, and carry out projects? The lives of
illustrious men, of famous men, will move us to realize the extent that service
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