umans have always been successful, haven't they? If they hadn't, you and I wouldn't be able to havethis discussion. From our earliest beginnings (apparently) in the trees in africa, through to standingon two feet for the first time, and eventually spreading north to europe, and east to asia; we haveovercome great difficulties such as wars, famines and disease, and we are still here.
Other species have fallen by the wayside. They have become extinct, never to reappear on this earth, butwe keep going. In fact, we get more and more
successful by the day. But could all this
success have goneto our heads, could the most successful species on the planet finally cause its own demise? We shall see.From an early age, it was drummed into me that
success was all I should be striving for (after all, noone strives for failure). “Study and pass your exams, get a good job like your father, and you will be
successful like him.” And successful he was. He managed to climb through the ranks of office paper pushers,to become a managing director, employing a couple of thousand people worldwide. He provided a nicehouse, plenty of money, and private education for me. As a role model for success, he was it.“Work hard my boy and you too can have all this.”Unfortunately, it didn't impress me all that much. Why try to be successful when I already had it all!My
parents were most displeased with my attitude. They cajoled me, got me into private studylessons, arranged interviews, in fact they tried everything to help be become a
successful person, because you see, that is what is important in life.I never did become
successful in the way my
parents wanted, maybe because in my heart I knew theywould leave me some money or a house; but deep down, I just couldn't see why we all needed to be so“successful.” I didn't want the adulation of others, or to have power over several thousand employees, and Icertainly wasn't interested in making millions of pounds. I just wanted to enjoy my life and have fun – something that was seen as frivolous by my parents.So what is
success is ensuring the reproduction of the species. Physically,success is having enough to eat, having warm clothing, shelter, and a mate to reproduce with. That's it. Nothing more. The rest is only psychological desire.So why do I
need to be more
successful than this? People would say that without ambition, we would beno better than the animals, but given the state of our minds and the planet, I'd have to say that at the moment,we are in a lot worse shape than the animals.
Oh he's very ambitious, he wants to get right to the top
Climbing, climbing, climbing, that's all we ever do, isn't it? We are always on our way to the top, we arenever satisfied with what we have and what we are. In fact even when we get there, we just can't stopclimbing. When we eventually reach the social summit, and there is nowhere left to go, we invent new waysthat not only put us even further above others, but make it harder for people to topple us off our “throne.”This ambition engulfs us, and takes on a life of its own. We are so desperate to be
successful, which inreality is having more than others (more status, more
money, more possessions), that we will do almostanything to get there, even kill other human beings.But none of this is personal they will tell you. It's just business. The business of being so ambitious thatyou will climb and trample on anyone who gets in your way. They show no concern for anyone else,although if you questioned them about it, they would say that it blatantly isn't true, and of course they care, but we can see the truth of it, you and I.The ambitious and
successful amongst you may have constructed some slick counter argu
ments just in case you are challenged on this.“Listen, if people weren't ambitious, and gave up wanting to be
successful, do you think that peoplewould have electricity in their homes by now, or be able to get fresh produce whenever theywanted? What about healthcare? If people weren't
successful do you think we would be able tovaccinate millions of people against potentially lethal diseases?”But what I am talking about is not the
need to cure people with disease, or supply them withelectricity for cooking and heating (all of which is run by ambitious companies), I am talking aboutyou, the individual,
needing to be ambitious, to be successful in your life for personal gain. It is rare to findsomeone who does something out of unconditional love for everyone and everything on the planet.