English Lesson 76
As we can see from the sentence above, this post is an essay which was assigned by my school curriculum. The topic is: “Can people who are not famous be better role models than people who are famous?” I will address this topic, but I will take it a little further than I was assigned, because I want to show truth.
Let’s jump right in by picking a few examples of famous people:
- Donald Trump
- Norma Jeane Mortenson (Marilyn Monroe)
- Benjamin Franklin
Let’s start with #1: Mr. Trump
American president, former reality TV show star, and married (at least) 3 times.
Now, I will not bore you with my political opinions, but I will give you my opinion on him as a role model. First of all, his personal life is a wreck. He has a broken family (actually, several) and that by itself is a major hint that you would not want him as your marriage counsellor! However, though he may not be the best president in the history of the U.S. and though he has made some mistakes, he has not been the worst. Not to mention the fact that his reality TV days are not over yet! You see, as a president, he has more responsibility; yet, he acts much the same as he would if he were still an entertainer! But you wouldn’t want to copy his style of humour if you want to make friends!
Next, is Marilyn Monroe.
American actress, model, and singer, married 2 times, had relations with those to whom she was not married.
Marilyn never knew her father and didn’t have a great relationship with her mother as her mother was schizophrenic and had mental issues. For these reasons, she was in-and-out of orphanages and foster homes. There is no doubt that Marilyn had a rough childhood (including being raped at age 11), but her actions were despicable in that she flaunted her body (with which her latter husband was unpleased) and made a living by provoking other’s minds to go to un-godly thoughts (to put it nicely). She eventually died of a drug overdose at 36 (believed by many to be suicide).
Last, we have Benjamin Franklin.
Printer, publisher, author, inventor, scientist, and diplomat.
Benjamin was the 10th son born to a man who had 17 children. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and was very influential regarding his study of the nature of electricity.3 Though Benjamin’s faults are known (his lust for women and his love for alcohol are well documented) he made an exceptional effort to become extremely virtuous. He made a chart on one column he wrote the 7 days of the week, and on the other he wrote the following virtues which he hoped to improve upon:
He never did become perfect, but who could be? We all need a Savior and we all need to realize our faults. The Bible says we all fall short of the glory of God, but that through Christ, we can be saved and be made clean – as white as snow!
To sum up those famous people, I would say that obviously they are not perfect. Some of them made more out of their life than others. Some tried harder than others to correct their faults. I think that every person has something that they can share and that the listener can benefit from. They may be wrong in a lot of their beliefs and they may disagree with you on the rest, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have something valuable to say. To discard their advice by “shooting the messenger” would be to commit a logical fallacy called ‘Ad Hominem’ (Latin for, “to the man”).
So far, I have talked lots about famous people, but not so much about a non-famous potential role model. To finish up, I’d like to talk about someone I admire a lot. Someone I have learned uncountable life lessons from. Someone I would aspire to be like. That person is my Dad. He grew up in a Christian family in which Biblical worldviews were wisely impressed upon him. My Dad has gone through a lot in his life; he has done a lot of things. But the things I admire him most for are the things he did for God and others. My Dad is not super famous (though he has a successful business for which he is known within a specific group of people) but he has character. He is a man. He has something many people lack or have lost: honour.
In conclusion, people who are famous are not necessarily better role models (or worse role models) than those who are non-famous. I wouldn’t want to grow up and have my story play out like Trump’s or like Marilyn’s, but I would want to incorporate Benjamin’s love for personal perfection. My Dad, though he is not famous (and will remain for the time being anonymous), is my role model. He is not perfect either (pretty close, though, Dad), but he tries. If my Dad were to run for a high political position and should become famous, he would not lose his virtues. Then, in that case, there would be a famous person who was a better role model than most other people in the world!