New Ways of Thinking and Revolutionary Common Sense
Nothing is so contagious as example; and we never do any great good or evil which does not produce its like.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Modeling: For Good or For Ill
The teenager sees other teens taking drugs and wants to do the same. A ten-year-old sees his father gently removing the barbed hook from the mouth of the trout so it can be released, and the boy learns to do the same. Modeling—the act of imitation—happens all the time. We may model the looks, actions, language, and/or behaviors of others and the outcomes may be positive or negative.
While working in my yard, I wanted to prevent as many weeds as possible. To that end, I decided to tackle the “garden” of weeds growing in the alley behind our home. I didn’t want them creeping through the fence or having the wind blow their seeds into our yard. But there was little I could do about the dense weeds growing in the alley areas of our neighbors. So imagine my surprise later that day when the neighbor behind and the neighbor on one side cleared their alley weeds! Did my actions spur them on or would they have done it anyway? I’m not sure.
While going about our daily tasks, at home, on the job, and in other environments, do we consider what impact our actions might have within the disability arena? Let’s consider some scenarios . . . Click here to continue.