Ambition: unselfish or mad?

Does ambition have a place in Christian Science?

After studying the references to ambition in Mrs. Eddy's writings, one might say, "It depends." She speaks of "unselfish ambition." See Science and Health58:7–11; But she also refers to "mad ambition." "Dishonesty, envy, and mad ambition," Mrs. Eddy writes, "are 'lusts of the flesh,' which uproot the germs of growth in Science and leave the inscrutable problem of being unsolved." Retrospection and Introspection, p. 79;

Ambition, whether mad or unselfish, describes a human desire to attain a particular goal. In reality, each of us is the complete spiritual expression of God, lacking no part of the divine nature, already and always perfect.

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March 5, 1979

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