Ambition [am-bish-uhn]

–noun An earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment; to seek after earnestly; aspire to.

I was thinking about politics and of those who desire to enter public office when the word ambition came to mind.  Then I started to wonder whether being ambitious in itself is wrong or is just being too ambitious the problem?

As in everything in life, there are shades of gray but I think that being too ambitious paves a narrow road where the only thing that can be seen is the goal.

Why is that a problem?  The problem lies on how the goal is reached; what sort of compromises were made and, ultimately, who or/and what is affected.  If reaching your goal only involves yourself, then it's fine.  But, if others must be involved in order for you to reach that goal, then the residual effects on others must seriously be considered.  That, to me, is where the problem lies.  Most people who are ambitious, tend to believe that the end justifies the means without regards to the sacrifices unwittingly suffered by anyone or anything other then themselves.

to be continued...