aditya dendukuri

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why is greatness is what everyone seeks?

now.......I live in India....here everyone is mad for respect and greatness.....for me being greatness is not such an issue........why does everyone run back for becoming the first?...........even my mom pushes me to be class first.........there is lot of pressure.......can you all please help me out

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    Jan 31 2012: Perhaps more the concern of men, to conjure a harem?
    I'm past trying to be great. Just good.
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    Feb 1 2012: People searching for 'greatness' is happening all around the world as being human,everybody wants to be appreciated for something and we think appreciation will only come if we reach' perfect'. All of this competition is over things like money,success,beauty..etc but then comes a point where we reach our goals,however we are still unsatisfied,so we go on for more money,more success,more....and yet most of us are still unhappy.I think thats because we are searching for greatness in the wrong places,what we are doing is actually trying to reach our potentials in the societys point of view,not our own.All of those things we are competeing for are just our modern societys take on 'greatness',wheras real 'greatness' is knowing that in order to gain respect we should also be respectful,in order to be appreciated we should learn to both appreciate who we are as a person and appreciate others around us,in order to reach 'greatness' we should know that 'greatness' is not what the world makes out of us,but what we make of ourselves.
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    Jan 31 2012: biology, psychology, group dynamics, environment
    ---- survival, money, power, social hierarchy, social recognition, reproductive attractiveness, endorphins, social norms, learning, experience, role models - its a competitive world ------ at the base level to survive long enough to attract a mate and reproduce, offspring survive. More resources, more dominant > more attractive and numerous reproductive options. Then put this into modern human society.
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      Jan 31 2012: Hi Mary Munoz,

      I want to become an particle physict.......I am pretty sure that's what I want to become........I'm preparing for that too.........my cousin brother is only one who encourages me...........Keeping that aside for me now board examinations are going by............with theese exams my elementary school will close and I will enter high school...........In theese exams we are given an printed material and we have to mug up the content in the printed notes and write the exact matter in the answer sheet.........I don't have such memory power and If im getting less marks they beat me or give an punishment......my mom scolds me..........This is the worst education system............ive decided that after B.tech college im gonna come to USA for further studies......
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  • Jan 30 2012: More and more people are beginning to feel like you, so 'everyone' is not searching for greatness, unfortunately.

    I feel just the opposite - I do try to be the best, believe it is natural, and do not understand those who are content not being the best. I am genuinely perplexed when I meet males with no ambition or competitive streak.

    Ambition creates innovation, dedication, and self-overcoming. It is because of ambition that most life changing inventions have come about (whether in the market, on the battlefield, etc). That's why we are attracted to ambition and why we wish to illustrate it.

    SEP
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    Jan 30 2012: Hi Aditya..

    I don't know what can i write u here..
    I was in India for three months last year.. I was doing some volunteer job in Bangalore.. and i really felt in love in your country.. and do you know why? Precisely because it seemed to me that in India people do not want to be at any price at the top!

    But maybe you're right, you live in a different environment than I lived there..

    It seems to me that all parents want the best for their children - and in this case, your mom is having the pressure on you - maybe she wants you to find a good job and be able to "dignity" to live?
    All this is not so easy.. and in India almost everything looks different.. you have a high rate of population.. so maybe your mom is afraid of you... that you do not find good work.. can not be here to write a clear answer.. it all depends on situation..

    Remember the most important thing.. everything you do in life should be consistent with YOUR beliefs!!
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      Jan 31 2012: thank you.........but life beyond India is not like these Indian thoughts and beliefs,superstitions..........in Indian villages for respect,people are ready to kill even their own family........that's really alarming conditions here.........I decided to study in USA............because i want to live that life of qualitative education and I want to do what I want to do.......not what anyone wants me to do