Word of the Week: Adoration
by Joon Sung Kim, GMC Prep Cadet
Adoration is defined as a “deep love and respect or worship; veneration.” It is more than just loving or respecting someone like a family member; adoration symbolizes that the person being idolized is worthy of such high praise. Most people who are adored by a large population possess a magnificent trait, talent, or position that sets them apart from others. However, adoration is not just exclusive to celebrities, athletes, and politicians. Influential individuals and those who help others are also often adored. These people hold the power to bring great change and help many people.
While there are no criteria or requirements that someone must meet in order to be worthy of adoration, a few general traits are common. Adoration is typically devoted to those who act selflessly, possess leadership qualities, demonstrate a good work ethic, or show resilience in the face of hardship. People often show adoration for their role models, as these individuals possess qualities that the adorer strives to emulate.
When an individual is the object of adoration, it can often spark positive outcomes. They might be more likely to believe in themselves or feel proud of their accomplishments, leading to even more hard work in the future. A person who is loved can spread that love and become a better person through receiving positive feedback. Adoration is a powerful tool that, to some, may just be an emotion or act, yet it can have a large impact on someone’s life. Loving and respecting each other is the key to acknowledging others, even if they are different. Expressing adoration helps unite people and show appreciation of their best qualities.