Osho in one of his early talks told the following story:
Gurdjieff used to say that you cannot become a man unless you stop being a monkey, and he was right. Somebody asked him, What is the deepest characteristic of a monkey? He said, Copying, imitation. You imitate, you just look around and you follow; in following you become false. You see somebody walking in a certain way, you try to walk that way; somebody is wearing a particular dress, you would like to have that dress. You never look at what your need is. And if you do look to your need, life can become a blissful experience because needs are not much. Imitation will lead you on a path that reaches nowhere in the end. How can you flower if you imitate? You see a musician and you want to be a musician; you see an actor and you want to be an actor. You want to be everything except yourself and that is all that you can be, nothing else.