We All Are Superman
I have tried to write this as simply as possible, because it is so very easy to relate to a man of steel but why is this so? That is what I investigated and my findings were reassuring.
My fascination with super heroes has been lifelong, but I would never have admitted it, because I never wanted people to know what Clark Kent I really was. Hiding my inner geek to avoid being detected by society and then summarily destroyed. From what I have read there is an easy connection from everyone’s preadolescent mind to the Superman folk tale, because in one way or another we have all lived it.
Even though we don’t have “super powers” or at least I don’t, there is an inner talent that we are all born with which is unique and totally ours. This is something that may be
artistic and creative or really anything that is uniquely you. Our lives tend to make us hide this, “true identity” from the world. The duplicitous nature that seems to exist in many people’s lives and allows us to relate to our super heroes from the time we are very young. We all had to act “well behaved” in certain circumstances and not like our normal wild heathen selves. Our Clark Kent personalities were for Sundays and special occasions. Our super hero side came out every other time of day.
An even deeper psychological connection exists, between all people and Superman, and that is because we all have Kryptonite. Kryptonite represents Superman’s childhood, his beginning and it can destroy him. If anyone finds out about his origins than he may just be destroyed. How many people have felt exactly the same way? Our own childhoods, good or bad tend to provide us with the same quandary. If people knew about them then they may not like us, or reject us and in effect destroy us. Much like Superman and Kryptonite, we are all afraid of our past and that fear may ultimately lead to our destruction.
The idea of Superman, to most people is that even though he has a past, and just might be destroyed, he still takes on the danger to do what is right. This, I believe is the part of the folk tale that we all hope we can adopt. There are continuous opportunities daily to “Do the right thing”, even if it is not easy. Knowing what is right and doing what is right is a problem that has perplexed man since there was first a significant thought. However despite all of this, there are still people who choose to take the high road, regardless of the cost to themselves. These are the super heroes that do exist, and probably at one point in their very young lives, tied a blanket around their neck and jumped from the top of the couch, believing that they could fly.
Some will tell you that Superman never existed, and the stories are just entertainment, others will hear this diagnosis, smile and never reveal the truth. Superman exists as much as you want him to, inside each and every one of us.