The Importance of Good Role Models, Especially for Teenagers/ The Key to Saving Humanity is the Good Health of the Next Generations

Essay by Luke Foster

“I believe that to meet the challenge of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for his or her own self, family or nation, but for the benefit of all mankind. Universal responsibility is the real key to human survival. “

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When I was young and immature, I looked up to rock stars and artists and thought it was cool to imitate them to do stupid things.

However now I realise how important it is to have good role models especially that a few people know who I am. As one should choose our role models carefully as that’s how you become and everyone deep down wants to live as long as possible.

I would not be alive if I kept making the same mistake of drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes.

The time I have probably suffered the most is when I realised, I was a terrible role model for my students when I was a teacher.

However, there is a solution. If you smoke try vaping and if you drink have a juice instead.

Cigarettes are the most difficult to give up but I devised a good strategy of how to stop smoking. Every week I didn’t smoke I bought myself a t-shirt or record, art book or cd as a reward incentive and still do to make sure I never drink or smoke again. It’s so bad for you that it shaves decades off one’s life. I hope that medicine research invents new cures that are less toxic and also restore particularly the lungs of life long smokers.

“See the positive side, the potential, and make an effort.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

I feel guilty that I don’t have equal number of male and female role models.

Other drugs can be even more dangerous than alcohol and cigarettes such as LSD. A famous doctor in Australia Karl Kruszelnicki once said on national radio that someone as a teenager took LSD and thought they were David Bowie for the rest of their lives. Imagine how much they would have suffered.

Karl Kruszelnicki

“The Lord never tires of forgiving. It is we who tire of asking for
forgiveness.” Pope Francis