Be What Others Are for their Goodness

Be What Others Are for Their Goodness

By Apolinario Villalobos


Sometimes imitating others cannot be avoided. It happens when we get obsessed by the traits of people whom we idolize, driving us to imitate them. Some even go beyond boundaries by imitating the way their idols speak, walk or even part their hair. Impersonating is a different thing which is done to make fun of somebody or done for the sake of money as in the case of professional impersonators.


Imitating our idols may be good for us if we simulate only the good traits.  In this case, the best figures for emulation are the spiritual icons and prophets, foremost of them is Jesus Christ, whom Christians faithfully believed to be the Son of God. There are others worthy of imitation such as Gautama, Mahatma Gandhi, Mohammad, Confucius, and Lao Tzu.  Lately, the canonization of modern day saints, by the Vatican, added names to the already long list of those worthy of imitation.


For children, when asked what they want to be when they grow up, ready answers bring out names of super heroes. Obviously, the physical strength of these storybook heroes is what has been ingrained in their mind. Popular among the list are superman, batman, spiderman, to name a few, although, there are a lot more that have impressed them.  The unsullied mind of the children is such that, the first impression usually is difficult to alter, because of their innocence and sincere ignorance.


But it is a different thing, when it comes to the adult mind which has been seasoned with many exposures, and calloused by different intentions all of which point to political or financial gain. During political campaigns, politicians emulate the behavior of charismatic political figures, but slide back to their former selves after assuming their positions. Wise guys as struggling evangelists, profess to be another Jesus to accumulate followers, hence, more members could mean more tithes that could mean more money, and finally, more material comfort in life.


Finally, emulating others may not last long. It may serve its purpose but will not be impressed deeply in the person who does the act. Science has proven that no two persons are the same even if they are twins. Meanwhile, what is best is to be what others are for their being good. If that is the intention, surely, the one who does the act will not fail.