11Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. (3John1)
It cannot be helped. We are imitators. No matter how hard we try to be individualistic, we are simply conforming to be individualistic. We will, regardless of our endeavors, become like others. Like our fathers, like our brothers, like our sisters, like our mothers, like our friends, like our foes, like someone, like everyone. It cannot be helped; that is our nature. We're biters.
Knowing this.. Coming to grip with this.. Facing this reality.. we need to imitate what is good, even though what is bad is normally what is more appealing. We need to surround ourselves with people who are good so that we will naturally become more and more like them. Furthermore, we need to stay in close proximity with God, so we can imitate Him and become more like Him. It sounds so nice and fuzzy, but in truth, it's a reality. We pick up traits, habits, and behaviors of those around us, so we must be careful choosing who we spend time with.