Youth in Vietnam, as well as other countries, might be very familiar with the word “idol”. If one asks the average youngster who your idol is. Or who affects your behavior the most, they will probably list names of famous singers, actors, actresses, or others whom they appreciate. They may know many things about their idol; however the most important point is what we are able to learn and understand from out idol.

We-whether we have lots of idols or just one-may make a small survey with people surrounding us to determine whom people admire. Finding each person’s own idol is not very difficult, they just say whom it is they admire.  As we know, idols are people whom we respect, love and care about. Although an idol can mean different things to different people, everyone has his or her own idol-maybe their idol is a super star.  Teenagers also love and admire their grandparents or parents, in addition to people in other fields like famous scientists, professors, etc.

Nowadays, for many young people, a person becomes an idol if they have a versatile range of skills. In fact, this point is easy to understand; if actors, actresses, and singers are judged by their ability in many specialties, they will be more famous and respected. They can work as professional master of ceremonies (MC), as models, etc. My younger sister answers with delight about the question of her idol; “she is extremely talented. She not only has a good voice, but also beautiful features. Generally speaking, every person has his or her own definition and description of an idol.

Having so much understanding of idols, the impact on people is really important. Many people see their idols wear beautiful and fashionable clothes, and then attempt to persuade their parents to have those clothes and accessories, just like their idol. However, imitations are not always good. In fact, you might know some Korean boy bands with terrible and awful hairstyles sing their songs, and some days later these “lovely” styles become very popular to fans. However, someone people find more positive idols to follow. One vivid illustration is that Ngo Bao Chau, a famous Vietnam professor, who lived nearly half of his life in France, but returned to Vietnam to help positively develop the country. This action has provided a positive example for Vietnamese students studying overseas. Moreover, teachers with “grown person” duties, or grandparents and parents sacrificing their whole lives for their children’ happiness, become good examples for all children and students to follow.

No matter how much time has passed, the word idol doesn’t change.  Change only occurs in the various ways we define it. No one controls our understanding of the word idol; however, if thinking idols, ask yourselves what useful points we have learned from and make a right decision to act as your idol does or not.

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