What is the root of ambition, megalomania?

Zsolt Hermann
1 min readJan 26, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“Ambitious drive or megalomania is largely based on genetic factors. Do you agree or disagree?”

We are all, inherently driven by an insatiable desire for selfish fulfillment, and this desire has been exponentially growing both historically and also through our own individual lives.

How this inherent desire is expressed in actual life depends on many factors like genetic inheritance, upbringing, education, and environmental influence.

We are mostly unaware of the root cause thus we try to blame, judge, correct one another based on the superficial signs. But without recognizing the root cause, the fundamental desire for selfish fulfillment at all cost — mostly at the expense of others — we will never be able to reach positive results.

Moreover, as long as we try to blame and correct others, this will lead to the same futile, worsening “solutions”, results.

Instead, we all need to methodically, consciously, and willingly recognize and treat our own instinctively selfish, egocentric, exploitative nature and then recognize the improving, correcting world around ourselves.



Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.