I found this e-note yesterday while I was searching my notebook for one of my posts. I found the following lecture note written in english interesting and decided to not make any changes in its original context. The following article was named "Ambition" and the context is the same as what I have read and named Adam Smith's LOVE theory a year earlier. I never stop amused how awkward I am. Where I have been, until I have read this philosophy from A.S at the age of 26?
This philosophy theory is actually called The Theory of Moral Sentiments and begins with the following assertion:
How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortunes of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it. Of this kind is pity or compassion, the emotion we feel for the misery of others, when we either see it, or are made to conceive it in a very lively manner. That we often derive sorrow from the sorrows of others, is a matter of fact too obvious to require any instances to prove it; for this sentiment, like all the other original passions of human nature, is by no means confined to the virtuous or the humane, though they perhaps may feel it with the most exquisite sensibility. The greatest ruffian, the most hardened violator of the laws of society, is not altogether without it.
...Ambition /a note prepared in winter of 2003 for MIU students/
In business world all things and all operations have their underlying philosophy and appropriate logic to them. In the business world the principal reason for any action is measured by its profitability. As a manager you should be seeking things that would generate profits no matter they are realized profits like recorded sales revenues on your balance sheet or not. Unrealized profits might constitute of your strong network with government officials, your suppliers or buyers. So your every action must be measured through profitability and/or efficiency. This is called the underlying business principle. This principle apparently comes out of the ultimate target of any business organization, “To make profit”.
Anyhow, here I would like to discuss about those kind of operations which is not available to be measured by its profitability or any other means of enhancement. Some of the actions undertaken by some people seems to be not relevant to any things and these actions are often viewed and described wrong. Well this behaviour should not be recognizable in our beautiful minded managers. What do you think?
Well this kind of strange behaviour is called an ambition. Your ambition makes you do something which is absolutely not relevant or not profitable. Actually ambition is your action towards community. Which means, through ambition you express your gratitude to your community. As long as, human is a communal animal almost every person has this behaviour called ambition. Ambition sometimes might reffered as your service to your community. Your desire to make this world a better place for living. Change other people’s life and give them a hope, Help others; all these desires are called ambition. Or even a simple ambition might be your will to become world’s top international manager.
This attribute to social creature, called human is very unique and this ability is one of the determinant force to distinguish it from other common animals...