Equal Partners
by Roland Ezri

Equal Partners by Roland Ezri

Equal Partners

By Roland Ezri

"Women are the backbone of all societies. They do a substantial part of the work, and play a major role in raising the future generation yet they are largely powerless. The decisions that count are made by men and foisted upon women."

Writings by Roland Ezri

Blame – IV. Malicious Ambition

Ambition is a positive force of nature.  It’s a strong drive that urges us to always go forward, always do better.  Not all people are ambitious.  Some totally lack ambition and are quite happy to live and let live.  At the other extreme, there are people who are driven to reach a goal.  They will trample over anybody that gets in their way, and, if they have the necessary ability, they will get there.  But in the process they sacrifice family, friends, and plain human decency.  But what if they
 do not have the talent to say reach the high position they are aiming at in their company?

That’s when it gets really ugly.  I have met some (mercifully, not many) of these predators in the course of my working life.  At least one of them was downright incompetent and could not discharge his present duties, let alone occupy a higher position.  But he did reach his goal!  How does such a person do it?  He uses what I call malicious ambition.  He creates dissension between superiors, subordinates, and everybody  in between.  He uses blame very intelligently blaming other
people for his own errors.  The blame does not stop there; when
the opportunity presents itself, he plays one colleague against
the other.  He tells Peter “you’re in this predicament because of
Paul.  However, Paul is getting better at what he is doing.  All
in all he is a good chap.”  It’s a bad cop, good cop tactic
except that he plays both roles.

There has always been people who have been endowed with this
low trait.  Not a gift from nature, but rather a curse.

Malicious ambition in our modern democracies is routinely
used.  A government in power will blame its predecessors for the
problems the nation is encountering.  But not to worry, we will
save the day.  Even better, if you elect us again, we will work
hard and our country will be the envy of the whole world.
Another scenario:  our province is in its present predicament
because the federal government is not giving us our fair share of

You get the idea; one party blames the other, the province
blames the federal government, and the municipality blames the
federal and provincial governments.  It’s a blaming game.  The
game of politics.  It’s a form of malicious ambition that, while
not benign, is accepted until we find a better way to govern

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