Recently while doing my rounds in some of the Google+ communities that I’m a part of, I came across an interesting blog post titled Why I Hate Superman. I thought it was an interesting title and since I know much about these kind of things being a comic book geek, I decided to take a gander at the article.
Almost immediately I saw biased thinking which is what blogs are about to a degree. They are many times opinions of the writers and I don’t fault the writer for that. What I fault her for is the flawed conclusions that she came to based on erroneous presuppositions with very little evidence. If she would have written that she hated the Superman how he was written in, say, Man of Steel, or just the Justice League Animated Series (which she does), then I could understand the article. But the problem is that she said, ” I hate Superman.” She then goes on to make flawed observations and conclusions about who Batman is as well.
I don’t want to be too hard on her and I don’t want to really get into where she dropped the ball on her observations. What I really want to address is the tone of the post.
I believe the writer is reflective of a culture that hates anyone who just may be better at something than they are. That raises the standard. A culture that hates the good guy by virtue of the fact that they really are good, as much as any human can be. They hate someone who embodies what they are not, almost a sort of suppressed jealousy. Or, quite simply, they hate light and love darkness.
Overall, we live in an apathetic, narcissistic culture globally. We are pretty full of ourselves. We think that this somehow frees us when it keeps us in the same, weak, dark, deluded mindset. Anything so we don’t have to change. Anything so we can affirm our faults. Anything so we can embrace our transgressions. Anything so we really don’t have to work at being better in any sense.
Since this individual is also a writer, it’s highly probable that her “heroes” are similar to her. She’s not the only one that does it either. It’s all over in Hollywood and books. The famed anti-hero protagonist. Of course, that’s not a hero. Its an idol made in their own image. A hero is someone you can at least aspire to be like; that have virtues that you do not in spades. Why write a hero that is just like me? What is the point in that? This doesn’t raise the human spirit to any level of high achievement. It keeps individuals where they are, validating their insecurities, immorality, anxieties, and numerous other character flaws. Never mind trying to fix those things. That would take humility and who needs that when the world screams at you to be a narcissus. Just blur the lines and embrace your transgressions and don’t you dare let anyone tell you that you’re screwed up.
Well…that’s screwed up.
It’s sad that in response to my rather pointed comments, she refused to respond and just deleted them. She had strong opinions about how she felt but anyone with equally strong opinions she shuns. I didn’t saying anything different than what I’m saying here so it only signals to me that she likes being heard but not challenged. That, of course, would prove what I’m saying to be correct, at least in this instance.
You can best believe that my heroes will be better than me. Of course, they won’t be flawless. They will have their struggles and faults. But in the end, they will be better than me.
I don’t mind saying that. I like the good guy. Sue me.