Idols and Ideals topic
Typ práce: Maturita
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Idols and Ideals topic
As human beings, we are similar to each other. But as individuals we differ from each other. Everyone has a unique personality, having both positive qualities and negative qualities, which we gradually choose throughout our lives. We are influenced by our families, schoolmates, friends and by about everybody else around us. Some influences are positive, others can be negative, but either way, we are always looking up to others to find out how we fit in this world.
Family is extremely influential in shaping our personal qualities. At the beginning we learn about the world and make first contacts with other people, mainly family. If a child is loved and praised, he/she will probably love and praise, if he/she is criticized, he/she will be probably very critical. Our parents were our first role models. They brought us up and taught us to be polite and friendly. We were taught to greet and respect people, and help those who may need our help. Later, when we started going to school, we got to know more people and had to learn how to get on with them.
We learned to be tolerant, patient and self-disciplined, but also determined and hard-working. These qualities are necessary if we want to be successful. At school, we learned how to compromise and cooperate with others to be able to fulfil the tasks we were given. We also learned to share our ideas with others. For some, their teachers became their role models and helped them to cope with problems and overcome difficulties.
As we grew, we became more and more aware of what is good and what is bad. Now, hopefully, we are able to tell the difference between polite and rude behaviour, to tell the difference between people with high moral standards and those who live without these standards.
The teenage years are perhaps the most important period in the development of our personalities. But teenagers tend to look for role models outside their family or school. They have the ideals that their parents and teachers taught them, but still they look for idols – people they can admire and follow. Because teenagers love music, movies and sport, they might choose people they read about in newspapers and magazines, like pop singers, movie stars and famous sportsmen. Younger teenagers often idolize celebrities and try to imitate them in clothing, hairstyles and lifestyles. The influence celebrities have on the younger generation is really important, yet, it seems that not all pop stars understand or are even aware of this fact.
Some celebrities live lives that few parents would approve of. It seems these rich and famous performers ignore the fact that what they do can greatly influence their fans. Whether they are drug or alcohol addicted, their behaviour is eccentric and often wild, they do not respect people around them and they think they are better than others. These celebrities are usually rich enough to get help some time later on in life, but some never make it that far and die young. Some young people follow in their footsteps, falling into addiction, alcoholism and partying, not realizing that they don’t have the money for alcohol or drug treatment facilities. Unfortunately, these kids might never get help.
Parents, teachers, celebrities, the society in which young people live – all these play important roles in the behaviour young people learn and the moral principles they acquire. If they fail to teach youngsters how to behave, young people will grow up selfish, mean, unhelpful and rude. Unfortunately, we can already see it every day – crime is on the rise. Robberies, assaults, rapes and murders. Intolerance, rudeness and wild behaviour show that there are people who cheat, bribe and try to make profit in every situation.
On the other hand, there are some famous people who are positive role models. These are the ones who have worked really hard to achieve success. Some organize live performances and mega concerts to raise money for charities who work with orphaned children, starving people or those suffering from terrible diseases, like AIDS.
Good role models can be found in literary works, too – in stories and novels. Most literary heroes are people with high moral standards with whom readers can identify and whose example they may follow.
Last but not least, there are everyday heroes (lifeguards, fire-fighters, soldiers…), people who are brave and do not hesitate to risk their lives and help the victims of natural and man-made disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, droughts and war. Their courage and high moral standards make them excellent role models which no one should be afraid to follow.
None of us is perfect. Each of us has both positive and negative character and personality traits. But every person, when he becomes and adult, can choose the kind of a person he will be – someone who either respects people or tries to help them in any situation, or someone who cares only about himself. Either way one day we may become a role model for someone else.
Apart from real, existing heroes there are also fictional heroes – heroes from books, movies or plays. Book characters may also become idols admired by generations. Every national literature has such idols – they are charismatic, adored by readers or viewers. In movies and books heroes are ordinary people who try to overcome obstacles in their lives. People can sympathize with them because they are realistic and they remind them of their own lives or who they want to become. But there are also science fiction heroes with superhuman qualities, violent – they have negative impact on children who can sympathize with them.
There are lots of people who were born poor, ordinary, but their deeds, work, special moral rules made them extraordinary and real role models (Mother Teresa from Calcutta, John Paul II., war heroes, people with dangerous jobs, successful sportsmen etc.). They weren't born to famous parents, only their own hard work made them special. An ordinary, simple person can become a hero, for example when he/she saved someone's life or did some other brave act that needed a lot of courage.
It is never easy to convince people to view you as a hero. Also it almost never comes through effort. It just happens. For example some disaster may happen and you happen to be alive and well and if you have a good heart you are trying to help everybody who needs it and you can save many lives. Then you should be viewed as a hero, but hero-making situations aren’t that common and it would take a lot of luck to be situated in the centre of it. But this is not the only way how to become a hero. You can have the right opinions, you can discover something amazing, you can sacrifice yourself… It all depends on the situation and the importance for individuals.
My values may be from your point of view a bit weird, but I don’t have any idol. People have flaws, sometimes too many of them. You can’t pick one or two… No one deserves to be admired like a “god”. Because no one is flawless. I can’t pick just one or two people, it is impossible. I try to take the best from many inspirational people both ordinary and famous.
Me as a hero? If you asked me now I would laugh. I cannot be viewed as a hero I have too many flaws that I can’t even count them. I may have some special qualities, that others do not have, but hey, everybody is special so many people may not discovered their true potential yet. I’d be glad if someone viewed me as a hero, I’d be flattered. But I would also feel guilt, because I haven’t done anything significant, anything that makes human a hero.
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