What makes you more motivated...fame and fortune or your conscience?Can you give two examples and explain them?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think I am motivated more by my conscience.  I am not going to do something for money that I do not think is right.  I have found that when money is the deciding factor in a decision, I am not as happy with it.  Instead, I make decisions based on what I think is right and how I will feel about what I have done.  That just works out much better for me.

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Your question was what motivates each of us individually more.  For me, there's no question that conscience motivates me more.  Of course, if I'm up against the wall in some way (out of money, seriously ill, etc.) I have to deal with that first.  But when my basic needs are taken care of, I would far rather do good in the world than make a buck.

You wanted two examples.

First, I gave up a very lucrative law career to teach elementary school and now in a special needs middle school.  I earn less $$ now than I used to pay in Social Security taxes, but the rewards as a teacher are far higher.

Second, I have found throughout my life that the people I really admire and want to emulate are those who devote themselves to achieving justice in the world rather than those who are self-absorbed and looking out for 'number one'.  These are the values I have tried to pass on to my children, as well.

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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What makes you more motivated...fame and fortune or your conscience?

Can you give two examples and explain them?

Writers have examined this question for centuries. Literature is full of characters who act out of both types of motivations. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth wants the fame and fortune of being Scotland's king. This leads him to murder King Duncan. Macduff, however, acts out of conscience. He cannot in good conscience let the murders of his family and servants go unavenged.

In The Crucible, Reverend Parris wants recognized authority in the village (a kind of fame), as well as money and material possessions. Throughout the play, he acts only to preserve his reputation and protect his wealth. John Proctor, on the other hand, acts out of conscience, even giving up his life to honor his values.

It is the characters who act out of conscience that we admire and respect. In real life, we still do.

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mapriem | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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The answer to this question is it depends on the individual.  There are people who are motivated spiritually by their conscious and rely on their morals, ethics, religion, or values of what is right or wrong to guide them in their decisions and behaviors throughout life.  These priorities can produce highly motivated people into accomplishing greatness, examples being Martin Luther King and Ghandi in their leadership of human rights that produced great changes in the world.  Their are individuals which are motivated by fame and fortune who also accomplish greatness by striving to bring attention to many global issues that affect humanity. Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Bono of U2, George Clooney and numerous others have raised awareness of AIDS, orphans, and the situation in Darfur which in turn can motivate others to donate their time, money and influence governments to intervene.

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sushisonai | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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GRODY,

IN DETERMINING MOTIVATION IN AN INDIVIDUAL, SOCIAL SCIENTIST'S HAVE GIVEN MANY A THEORIES BUT THE MOST BASIC AND REMARKABLE THEORY RELATED TO MOTIVATION WAS PUT FORWARD BY MASLOW CALLED MASLOWS HIERARCHY OF NEEDS. HE BASICALLY DEFINED NEEDS INTO FIVE ASCENDING STEPS STARTING FROM PHYSIOLOGICAL NEEDS(1)- SOCIAL NEEDS(2)-SAFETY NEEDS(3)- ESTEEM NEEDS(4) AND LASTLY SELF ACTUALISATION NEEDS(5).

HE SAID THAT GENERALLY AN INDIVIDUAL FULFILLING HIS FIRST NEED MOVES UP TO THE SECOND LEVEL OF NEED, SO AS PER YOUR QUESTION FAME AND FORTUNE COMES IN FOURTH CATEGORY (ESTEEM NEEDS)WHILE CONSCIENCE COMES IN THE FIFTH CATEGORY(S.A.NEEDS) ,WHICH MAKES IT OBVIOUS WHY PEOPLE RUN FOR MONEY BY HOOK OR CROOK FOR FAME RATHER THAN THINKING OF WHAT THEIR CONSCIENCE SAYS .

THINK OF ALL THE PEOPLE WHO DO BUSINESSES OF DRUG TRAFFICKING, OR SELLING EXPIRED MEDICINES TO EARN FORTUNE RATHER THAN THINKING OF WHAT HARM THEY ARE CAUSING TO THE SOCIETY.

BUT WEALSO HAVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THOUGHT OF IT ANOTHER WAY LIKE OUR GREAT WORRLD LEADERS LIKE MAHATMA GANGHI AND NELSON MANDELA, WHO HAVE SACRIFICED FORTUNE AND FAME JUST TO BRING JUSTICE TO THE SUPRESSED PEOPLE, AND IN SUCH CASES CONSCIENCE HAS PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN MOTIVATION RATHER THAN FAME OR MONEY

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