ROLE MODEL, ANYONE?
Arieh Raichman searches for the
honest and true.
The child sits in
his desk pondering of how to fill out the sheet. He is stumped on a
question. The question of "Who is your role model?" keeps
ringing in his head. He continues to contemplate on people he has read
about in the past. Like Roosevelt and Einstein, but none seem to make
an impression. He goes home saying that he will finish the sheet there.
When he arrives home he hurls his work neglectfully on the table. His
mother caringly peeps through his work and comes across the same question.
She too is stumped. "Who is your role model?"
Today's representatives and leaders of our nation are not the ideal
models in which a person would strive to emulate. They are tainted by
corruption, haughtiness, and utter disrespect towards their peers. Our
former President had committed infidelity, desecrating one of the Ten
Commandments. Our actors and performers are being caught with illegal
drugs and doing lewd acts, but this is ignored because their "contribution"
to society outweighs their faults. Our teachers are obsessed with
making money and not teaching students; hiding under the slogan "We
are doing it for the children's sake."
Then what and who are role models?
Should it not be that our leaders should be our role models? Our leaders
were able to reach their position for a reason. They worked the hardest
to get themselves there. They did not swindle their way up, but rather
through arduous work and painstaking compromises they made it to the
top. And what do they do with it? They misuse it and demoralize us who
put them there. They see a chance for more power and money and they
jump on it. These two: power and money make them stray from the
path. Our leaders lose interest in everyones' future but their
One might think, "So what's the big deal. If I were the president
of Microsoft I would do anything for more power or money. But is that
right? Is this what we want to teach our children? That the world is
not run by good values and high morals, but rather by corruption which
It is our job to protect our children's future. Leaders must somehow
be kept in check. They must know that it is always their call, but they
are also compelled to acknowledge the fact that without the consent
of others they will not go far. So subordinates or the work force must
consistently scrutinize their bosses to make sure that the only division
between them is experience and time.
Business leaders know that their position is untenable without their
workers and shareholders support. We in the USA are a Democracy. A representative
country in which all our acts may not satisfy all parties, yet they
always need to satisfy a majority. "If the majority rules, we can
The individual in charge has to appeal to all parties not just specific
ones, to be a real role model. That is why it is so rare. Our expectations
are extreme, but our pursuits are moderate. To resolve the ultimate
question of, "Who is your role model?" We require men
and women who care about their supporters and their needs. People who
are truly altruistic and abide by the law.
© Arieh Raichman 2001