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November 7, 2007 - " Enzo Biagi, the death of a Role Model"

Blog 1: The sad news of Enzo Biagi’s death is counter balanced by the lesson on optimism and determination that he has taught all of us. A brilliant man, born in a trying period of Italian history (1920) when the Fascist movement was growing strong, he used his energy and strength of mind to stand for his ideals. First as a member of the resistance movement and later as a journalist Enzo Biagi never let himself sway far from the principles he believed in.

The figure of the Role Model is quite a faded one today. The meaning of the word has in fact given more importance to the word “model” and less to the word “role” so that we find ourselves looking up to Hollywood and TV Stars, Singers, Soccer Players, Reality show participants and painfully thin top models, as our modern day “Models” to imitate. All of this is superficial, commercial, and dangerously fragile and ephemeral. The concept of long-term does not exist, so it is natural to be confused and insecure in every decision making situation. Unfortunately in life there is no “undo” button to click on.

There is a lot to be learned from a man like Enzo Biagi, his popularity and the respect others had for him demonstrates that his firmness, and his determination are much stronger elements than a passing fad or even a political hurricane.

True role models are those who possess the qualities that we would like to have and those who have affected us in a way that makes us want to be better people. A good Role Model is a person who influences you to make the right choices in life. Along with our own personal growth and progress, these role models can change or we “add” new ones as the years go by.

Each one of us can be a role model for others, we all have the ability to inspire by living a life that is more open and outward focused rather than inward focused.

Enzo Biagi was able to inspire many of his peers, and will continue to do so through his many articles, books, and television interviews.

Thank you Enzo!

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