Goals of Ambition
Ambition is the human drive to achieve goals in life. It provides people with the mental support that grants them the determination needed to succeed in life. However, when used to an extent that is unreachable, ambition can compromise happiness due to either physical injuries of a lack of time spent having fun. In the source, “Ambition,” by Des Walsh, ambition is portrayed as a prison. A prison meant to hold one captive from the good in the world. As a grade ten student, I have seen and experienced the lives of many friends and classmates changed by being over ambitious. Ambition in human beings is positive, but like most things else, it can be taken too far, and the results can compromise a person’s happiness. When people are most ambitious, problems can occur because less time is spent doing the things that they love, social interactions are affected or physical injuries can occur, thus compromising happiness.
In this poem by Des Walsh, a man has fallen victim to poverty because he took his ambition too far. This man is thinking back to how he got to where he is, and he remembers a happy, glorified life. He remembers reading books and then imagines writing a book where he was not so ambitious and where his life was different. Somewhere in this mans’ life, he was over ambitious and this was the cause of his poverty. When people strive to achieve goals, they often do not know their own limits and therefore, can fall into a pothole in the road of life. Some people experience such a life of hopelessness caused by ambition that they fear to make goals, therefore they need help from other’s to hit the curveball that ambition has thrown their way. Ambition also affects the social interactions that take place within society, if a person is striving toward a goal, he will not focus on the rest of society, but rather on meeting his goal. The result ...
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