This is a response to the one-word prompt “Copycat” by “The Daily Post.”
Have you ever started something/did something that others around you started doing as well after seeing you do so. Well, this happens to everybody at some point in their lives more likely more than once. Rather weare being copied or doing the copying ourselves. As humans we learn best by seeing. When we see that something can be done and the usefulllness of that something to our lives, then we natually want to emulate or “copy” that for oursleves.
We see this across all of human history from civilization to civilization, great kindom to great kingdom, and so on. Whether it is the individual or a group, humans are pretty good and picking up on how others do certain things and what does and does not work and may work better. They are even better at taking what they observed and applying it to their own circumstances. The Romans were very good at this, and one of the main if not “the” reason for their spread and conquest of much of the Meditraian world.
To copy someone or to be copied is not something to be bothered by. If fact, one should feel quite honored if they are being copied, for that is the most soncearest form of flattery that there is known. By copying someone, we recognized that they have had a great ideal or was doing something right, and want to follow in their footsteps.
If one truly thinks about it, almost everything one does in their day to day life is actually copying from somebody/something else. From the clothes and hair style to any number of products brought, to the food we eat and how we plan our lives. Look at all the self-help books and websits that are out there on just about any topic you can name. What is all that if not copying from succesful people. There is also all the recent movie remakes coming out of Hollywood and the entertainment world over the last few years.
To be a copycat is neither good nor bad it just is. It is also a fact of life, and preetty much everyone on the planet is a copycat in someway. Not to say that there is never an indivdual thought or ideal for that is not the case. If that were so we actually would not have copycats to begain with, in fact the mere exsistance of copycats proves the exsistance of great idals and thinkers. So the next time you find someone copying you in something don’t get upset but be happy, for you obviously were doing something right. You yourself are a copycat!