People always say to set goals. Focus on this, that or the other. Long term, short term, spend more time setting goals than chasing them, find this, aim for that, reacher higher but don’t raise tour expectations….
When does a goal become an obsession? When is it just better to give up rather than endlessly aim for the unachievable?
Throughout history, there are two sides. The side that wins whatever story is being told, and the side that loses.
In the American revolution you could say that the revolutionaries set their goals to high. To become independent was an unachievable goal, but in aiming for an unachievable one they actually reached it. Likewise, you could say that George III had an unachievable goal – to regain a revolting set of colonies and win them back over. But both sides still pursued their goals endlessly. Only one of them achieved it. Hamilton makes light work of this topic.
So pursuing can be both negative and positive. If you reach what you pursue it’s good. If you don’t, it’s not so much.
But there is a sense of joined up thinking associated with pursuing. The American Revolutionaries could persue their goal with support and teamwork – the number of people making pursuing not a tiring action but an invigorating one. George III relied too heavily on pursuing for the sake of pride.
To pursue is to be invigorated. Emotion is necessary to sustain the feeling.