Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People are never satisfied with what they have; they always want something more or something different. Use specific reasons to support your answer.
Being satisfied is the beginning of “the end”. If I had stopped my studies after completing my school, I wouldn’t be working in Multinational Company with a high salary. Had he been satisfied after becoming a senator, Mr. Obama, the President of United States of America, wouldn’t be ruling the country today.
My urge to get more command over English, has been driving me to write more essays. It is natural for human beings not to settle for what they have and to crave for something more or something different.
Although this attitude may have troubled humans occasionally, most of the times it brought laurels and had a positive impact on our lives. For example, story of the ‘Alexander the Great’ clearly showcases how this attitude was responsible for his own down slide. His desire to conquer more areas which were not in his jurisdiction provoked to him wage a war against other kingdoms. He won many wars in the beginning and expanded his empire from Europe to South Asia. Slowly, he became a slave to his own passion. He wanted to rule the entire world. He was assassinated by one of his rivals during those wars. Eventually, in a quest to conquer the whole world, he lost his life. Had he not been craved for ruling the entire world, he would have survived for few more years.
On the other hand, few centuries ago, horses and chariots were the only mode of transportation for us. People can travel not more than few miles per day on a horse. Nowadays,we are equipped with different modes of transportation like flights, ships, cars, railways etc available for us … Today, covering thousands of miles per day is just a flight ticket away from us. If humans were satisfied with those horses, can we imagine what our plight would be today? Doesn’t it take more than a lifetime to reach USA from India on a horse? Without the desire to ‘achieve more’, it would have been impossible for us to reach this level.
We have landed on moon. Sooner or later we will land on Mars. We have already explored some other planets. Even then, our scientists’ say that whatever we have explored till now is minuscule when compared to what we haven’t. There won’t be an end to these explorations and research.
Our intelligence, in other words ability to think, has always provoked us to achieve more. While we feel happy and ecstatic about our achievements, we don’t stop there. We will plan to achieve more, to go to the next level. This characteristic is instrumental in our development.
TOEFL listening lectures: A university lecture by a professor of History