Everyone I ask says that "narcissists" and "ruthlessness" are bad. Here's a counterargument. Apparent narcissists (who are not at the pathological extreme) are just self-focused, but sometimes to the point of being self-centered, self-indulgent and insensitive to others. Empaths or people with ready access to their empathy might look at narcissists as if they are dangerous and morally inferior; they ironically have little or no empathy for them. I think this is actually funny. There are many advantages to being self-focused including very high levels of self-awareness, accountability, influence and ambition. All virtues. There are also a lot of advantages to being other-focused like compassion, humility, sensitivity and respect for what's important to people, where they come from and how they think and feel. All virtues. This is the dichotomy of feminine and masculine traits.