December 02, 2003

Role Models

by Stu

  Hey look I'm writing a column. But seriously kids, what's with the whole role model deal? Everyone so
concerned with society today is blaming today's role models of pop culture or whatever that shit is called these
days. I know these icons don't even want to be considered role models, but they are and that's that. I'm really
disappointed, though, in the apparent need for GOOD role models for our little peons to emulate which leads
to a frantic search for some god among men who we should all walk and talk like.

  It's such a cliche, but the easy
solution of 'being yourself' really is the ultimate success of growing up untainted by polluted media. Ditch the
role model emergency and get on with a little independence and individuality. I mean
instead of talking like some hipster from the mid-nineties and dressing like a UFO that crash-landed in India
you could be having a lot more fun mustering your own personality with some self-derived creativity. Sure you'll
no doubt be influenced by every little thing that invades your wandering head by the thousands each day, but
make up your own goddamn little catch phrases, cause we all know the ones that go around get old fast.

  This goes
beyond the masses, because we all have our own little heroes we dream about each day and wish to live as a
carrier of their sacred torch. Not happening, man; don't mess with their shit. Sure it's brilliant and will change
everyone's lives if they pay attention, but quit strutting around like their half-mutated clone degrading
everything good and holy. Inspiration from role models will give everyone the same idea to do the exact same
thing, like start half-assed bands and write really shitty poems. Utilization of this inspiration should be lead
to the collective influence that is YOU, and not your latest brainstormed project to take over the world.

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