Two-way discussion : Status & Ambition
- What kinds of things give status to people in your country?
Well, education, wealth, money, large house, car, fame, career are some of the things that give status in our country. There are some other aspects of status in my country like luxury gadgets, political power, expensive dresses and publicity. However, the things I mentioned before are most prominent aspects of status in my country. For instance, people with higher education and knowledge naturally get a status that others can’t have. Similarly, wealth, cars, houses, branded dresses, and many other things are often considered as part of people’s status in many cases.It is not unlikely that people with fame and popularity also enjoys a different type of status that mass people can’t have. Jobs in important government sectors can also be a symbol of status in many societies and finally political power, though controversial in some cases, is also a status symbol in my country.
- Have things changed since your parents’ time?
In terms of people’s status in a society, things have not changed that much between my father and my generation. The status symbols I mentioned earlier were almost same as they are nowadays. Expensive technological gadgets and new brand names might have been added as part of people’s status symbol; however, those could be classified as the materialistic achievement which was also present in my parent’s era.
- Do you think advertising influences what people buy?
Yes, I think advertisement has a huge impact on people’s purchasing decision. It is quite natural that people would pick a known branded product that purchasing products from brand names they do not know about.People spend a lot of time in front of their television or computer and they are knowingly and unknowingly being influenced by the advertisements and advertisers. Some advertisements even allure us to purchase products we actually do not need at all.
- What are the important qualities to achieve our ambitions?
Determination and hard work, in my opinion, are two most important qualities to fulfil our ambitions and goals. Luck often plays its tricks but I believe fortune always favours the hard working and strong-minded people to succeed.Apart from that, proper planning, timely execution, expertise and experience are some other qualities we need to achieve our goals in life.
- Are all ambitions good in life?I guess every positive ambition that brings happiness, success, prosperity and well-being of others is a good one. However, we are often driven by our selfishness, greed and materialistic achievements and any ambition which is aimed to fulfil our personal greed is a bad one.
In general, ambitions in our life help us to work harder and give meaning to life and that’s why we should have ambitions, positive ambitions I mean.
- What type of ambition young generation in your country has?
That’s a good question. The young generation in our country usually aims for a prosperous career and economic freedom. Their ambitions in life also include being someone famous so that people will know them, being a successful and happy person in later life and having a beautiful and nice life partners. They also want to explore the world and want to see a flourishing country in the future where violence and crime would be a thing of past.
- Would you focus more on achieving your ambition or doing things you love to do?
Personally, my ambition in life is quite realistic and not something we hear in fairy tales only. Being able to do something I love and have passion is not different than my ambition. I want to lead a life that would be surrounded by my family members, relatives, friends and people I care about. Being able to set up my own business or doing a job that I would feel interested in is both my ambition and dream.