If there was one adjective to describe the world it’s infinite. Every millisecond is lived in uncertainty of what will happen in the next. This realization to some may be exciting and to others dangerous, every moment original in itself. But what fails to be noticed is how this “originality”, this uniqueness in the world is slowly being suppressed by a particular culture that is praised in the world today, the culture of the role model.
In grade school, having a role model to me felt as if it was too forcibly thrust upon us students. There were countless instances of when we had to write essays or speeches describing our admiration (more like obsession) of them. This was one of the ways of how school subconsciously formed students into their (the school’s) own ideal mold. I do not say this to spite school as some sort of an angst filled teenager. Each school has its own biases whether they like it or not.
School is supposed to be the capsule of where we define ourselves, the setting of our rising actions. If that defining of self is influenced by numerous other identities then how will the young adult grow into his own unique being, develop his or her own identity. Eventually the young adult will need to jump into the swift stream of the world outside the school.
The world does not need repetition. It needs innovation. Why are some global problems still not being solved? It is a signal that the world needs different solutions, different mindsets. How will it be able to obtain those solutions if it runs in the same cycle, the same thought processes?
Think of it this way. Imagine a cartoon villain on a television show who proceeds with the same plan of action over and over again. Eventually continuing with his or her stubborn plan anyway, the villain is thwarted once more by the main character of the show. This is all to no surprise of the viewer because as expected, television shows like those teach its viewers to be the hero because the heroes win in the end.
In reality, we are both the hero and the villain, the hero because we idealize ourselves to win in the end but we are also the villain because we tend to continue with our same plan of action over and over again. There is nothing wrong with having role models. They help us be better citizens, better thinkers and better people in the end because more often than not they have more life experience than us. But life is not the same every time. It is a raffle draw and if the world around us changes and we stay in the same place, where are we really?
Role models mean well. We however need to be our own people. We need to innovate ourselves. The culture of role models isn’t bad in itself. It just needs a modification. Students shouldn’t be taught to have role models. They should be taught to be their own role models. Role models before anyway teach values that should be admired. Values don’t change but the way they are applied should adapt to the ever changing situations of life.
The world is infinite. It is exciting how many possibilities there are out there. How many concepts and inventions have yet to be uncovered. From the likes Einstein to Winfrey, how many out there stepped out of the molds of their generation. Can you?