First - just wanted to say this is a great read and thank you. It was exactly what I needed to read for my own self. I am thinking about how letters to your past self are probably a great practice for moving forward your current self and can help to sharpen your own path forward.
I find it interesting how words like “ambition” and “drive” can seemingly have a universal understanding especially in a world where people are always seeking the respect and approval others or looking to appease others rather than have their own desires and ideas. In an increasingly homogenized world, it can be difficult to think outside the box because those who do are often ostracized. It seems like people fail to realize that drive and ambition can take on so many different forms, yet we tend to only think of them in a capitalistic narrative. it is only until we break down the narratives around them that we begin to understand there are always side-ways glances and different ways to approach things and words themselves can be a slippery slope.
For me - I’m not sure about the sentiment of spite, but I do find myself angry at others for being wrong or at least not able to see where they may be falling short (myself included). I do not think I am the brightest bulb of the bunch, but if I can see the problems of the world clearly, how is it that others can not. Is this spite? I’m not sure, but I do certainly know it is one’s own ego. With that … I’m wondering how the concept of ego might fit into this letter.
This is my first post here - and I really wanted to begin to engage with the community. I hope this meets the requirements. I enjoy philosophy but am not a professional philosopher. In addition, I am only beginning to dive into rationalism. Looking forward to learning more from this community.