It is acceptable. But in a comparison with others and trying to surpass others we should not collapse. We should always keep this in mind. Sometimes by comparing with others and not able to achieve will prove to be a disaster. The aim and target should be as realistic as possible.
In my life so far I have kept my own targets based on my capabilities and to a level that I have to stretch 120% and to that extent I achieved the goals.
But when it comes to expenditures and comforts we should not compare with others who are above us and we should not left with a disappointment. They should be in proportion to our achievability.
However, I don't agree with the title of the thread i.e. 'The purpose of your life must be to surpass others'.
The human life is great and therefore cannot be belittled to such an extent to say that its purpose is to 'surpass' others. We have to ensure that our life is not going waste.
Sometimes, I wonder as to what is the purpose of people living in remote areas on top of hills or in deep forests without having even bare minimum facilities . They get born and die there only without any kind of interaction with the people in other parts of the world. Will it make any difference to the mankind if they don't exist.
I believe that being sincere and devoted to one's duties and responsibilities is enough contribution from people's side toward society and the mankind as a whole.
Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.
"Earning knowledge is by sharing it with ISC and we will rectify our mistakes."
Nice to be in ISC and feel the difference.
For instance, in space science, there are scientists, astronomers and astronauts who spend time in the lab researching, study the moon and other planets or fly into space respectively, yet each of them is successful in their own way related to space.Similarly, we can groom children to be happy, competitive and streamline their talents and use them to live life to the full extent in whichever way that suits them or whichever makes them contended.
Life would have taught harsh lessons to people who have forgotten human values and not taken time to enjoy what is in hand but instead trying to beat others ahead of them.
Being competitive is not a bad thing according to me. Its fine if u feel like surpassing others.
Everybody in some way or other wants to be better than someone else!
One way to go would be, Rather than others, try surpassing yourself(past and present). Try to become better than who you were and who you are.!
Non-violence is the greatest Dharma; So too is all righteous violence.