The desire to dominate and control is a common human failing. However, letting greed and lust for power consume us to the point where we would sacrifice our own lives is clearly not worthwhile. Though momentary domination may appeal to our baser instincts, true fulfillment lies not in subjugating others, but in uplifting them.
Rather than seeking to ruthlessly impose our will and leverage everything towards our own benefit, we do better to embrace morality and compassion. These lead to lasting gains, such as peace of mind and the ability to live harmoniously with others. Sacrificing our life purely for domination’s sake is a poor trade. We must temper our ambitions and consider how we can contribute meaningfully to the world, not just subjugate it under our heels. Therein lies a path to genuine achievement and self-actualization.
Matthew 16:24-28. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 2023-223: AUGUST 11, 2023]