Freo's View

ROLE MODEL OXYMORON

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on February 22, 2011

Whenever a celebrity, be that a movie, pop, sport, or political star, does something wrong, the media cries out loud that this is not acceptable behaviour for a role model, but what actually are role models and why are they supposed to be different from the average man in the street.

We have had “role models” who drink too much and misbehave, and that is not on, according to those in society who believe they have the right to judge others.  If excessive drinking is a no-no, than a huge number of parents are not good role models, as they indulge in it as well.

The same applies to driving too fast and receiving speeding tickets. Many parents do that, so again they are not really perfect to raise children. Or are parents exempt from being role models for their kids?

A far more important question though is why do role models have to be perfect? Do we really want to set standards for our children that are unrealistic and not achievable? Should they go through early life believing their role models are somehow super human robots, who don’t fail now and then, and who never make mistakes. Surely that would only result in children questioning their own abilities, and seeing themselves as failures and losers.

Wouldn’t it be better instead to have role models who are like us; real tangible people with real insecurities and issues, real people who like good food and a drink, who sometimes drive too fast to get somewhere on time, real people who make the wrong judgement calls and decisions at times, real people who’d like to be perfect, but who are intelligent enough to realise that that is the dream other people have about role models.

It’s time to accept that a perfect human being is a contradiction in terms, or someone in absolute self-denial.

Oh, and I am the exception of course! I am a Roel model. &>)

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  1. ann said, on February 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Okay but I do think driving too fast is something you should grow out of not defend. I think WA people as a group are a bit that way inclined and proud of it. But clever brains are needed in the Libs I suppose so they cannot get rid of him just cos he is irresponsible. Unless it is those dodgy machines. My partner got done for speeding when we were driving back from King Edwards with a new baby in the back and whenever he went fast enough to notice the car was moving neurotic mother me was making him slow down but he still got done for speeding. He did not argue the fine as I would have done cos he had just got done for writing Cancer Sticks on a cigarette bill board so was not feeling like it. This was 26 years ago…………

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