I Want To Be Like Them
“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders,
but they have never failed to imitate them.”
~ James Baldwin
I want to be superman. Everyone has wanted to be someone. This is something that holds true for all of us. You model yourself after someone else. Through your childhood you choose different characteristics that you like and try to emulate them. By doing this you start to build your personality and identity off other people. Once you grow older you start to become your own person and create your own characteristics. It is important for children to have models to look up to. Weather it is in a book, or movie, I think that all children should have a hero. I think that mentors in real life are fantastic, but there is something that is extra special about someone from a world that is not your own. The fantastical person is someone that will always have a happy ending, it is important for you to believe in happy endings because those are what drive us. The want to be happy. The character that a child idolizes can provide the characteristics that are needed throughout life. When I was really little I was absolutely obsessed with Ariel from the little mermaid. I know that this might seem strange, the whole story is pretty much just her running around after some true love, but there were some good characteristics that I learned from my hero. Ariel was kind, compassionate, strong willed, clever, and persistent. I can tell you right now I'm not all those things consistently, but the ideals of Ariel did make me aware of what good behavior is. It is important to have some larger than life figure because how else would the world know that lions eating gazelles is justifiable because the lions decompose and become part of the grass. Thank you Lion King for that. It most certainly will help me feel comfortable with my habit of eating zebras.