We Could Use Superman Right About Now
Feels like Christopher Reeve could have said the exact same thing today:
Here’s a video of Christopher Reeve talking about Superman. Dean Cain is a joke.pic.twitter.com/9zke0K7Hoz
— Ricardo C (@NamorIsRight) July 3, 2020
[Note: I think the Dean Cain slight in the tweet above the video is supposed to be partisan in nature. I don’t know what that’s about and it’s only included here because the only way I could figure out how to get the video inserted was by embedding the entire tweet. To be clear, my only motive behind sharing this is to feature what Christopher had to say.]
We can all be Superman in our little parts of the world
Yes, society needs a leader who models these Superman traits. But we can all do our small part to “act locally while thinking globally”.
The internet, social media, texting, email, etc. have greatly contributed to the weakening of social bonds at all levels of society. Electronic media is geared toward polarizing people. Of all times in history this is when people need to come together, and instead people are being driven further apart everyday.
My brother & I were talking about this topic the other day when we were talking about how divisive the topic of masks was becoming. He was telling me how a 45 year friendship since high school was likely going to be lost because a their back & forth Facebook postings over face masks. Btw, my brother is married to an ER doc whose ER patient load was 100% CV-19 patients yesterday, and had to emergently intubate a patient such that he was unable to wear eye protection during the procedure. That’s high risk stuff.
Even here at PP my sense is that overall peple have been engaging in more extreme back & forth commentary than in the past. Don’t get me wrong, exchange of ideas is great & should be encouraged, but civil discourse should be maintained. We are all in this boat together and have way more in common than the things we don’t. There’s a human being with more than a full set of personal problems on the opposing side of our posts or texts. Increasing personal problems puts stress on coping skills & invariably leads to decompensating behaviors.
Cognitive psychology tells us that our egos tend to grossly exaggerate how right our thinking is on average. On average something like 80% of the time people think they are correct on a diametrically opposed issues regardless of which side of the issue one is on. Obviously 80% of people on both sides of an issue can’t be simultaneously correct.
If dialogue with others is not done in a respectful fashion, then the likely result will be both parties becoming even more entrenched in their diametrically opposed views regardless of how great their ‘data’ or argument is.
The best posts I’ve seen by proponents of face masks have been by folks who link to the strong scientific data, but also contextualize things by communicating they care about the person they are sending the info to, their families, and friends.
It doesn’t matter what the topic is. If one really wants to change someone else’s mind about something, it has to be done in a very respectful fashion, otherwise the very opposite result will be achieved.
Being kind and respectful goes a long ways no matter what type of propaganda you see by the MSM, various hate groups, internet censorship, politicians, social media postings, etc. Don’t take the bait. Don’t let yourself become a pawn in other’s game. Many, many people and organizations want people to become more and more polarized. They want people to overreact. So next time you feel your buttons being pressed try to take a step back before you respond. Respond thoughtfully or don’t respond at all. I’m definitely not saying you should be a pushover. Superman is definitely not a pushover, but he’s also one who tends to not overreact, lose sight of the bigger picture, maintains his integrity always, and is always respectful.
Superman was a very interesting character and storyline. His “niceness” was initially laughed at (or loathed) within the stories, but his primary victory always seemed to be, a return to innocence. It’s a pity he had to be so steeped in American exceptionalism, which has so distorted rational discourse or the American view of the rest of the world, but I guess that’s the self-reinforcing myth that sells – in the US anyway. But the caricature of “niceness” that wins out in the end – wins our hearts and minds, not just “gets the bad guy” – is what interests me. That a caricature can be both a cartoon that our sophisticated social selves laugh at, but our hearts actually embrace, is quite an achievement.
Kudos Dryam and vshelford.
Two beautiful well written posts.
Sadly, these days, his statue would wind up in the river.
The video clip was inspiring, but I don’t think friendship is enough, by itself, to bridge the chasm in the US.
Everyone is shouting and no one is either listening, or thinking. If there is a solution, I don’t see it.
Larry Tye, who I met, nice guy, wrote a good book about the history and meaning of Superman. He noted that you will observe during many demonstrations, even in the Third World, at least one person wearing a Superman t-shirt, presumably espousing the concepts of Truth, Justice, and The American Way, though the latter was dropped by Hollywood after they started exporting the films and realized The American Way was no longer seen as the positive force now as it was during the Depression. Reeve was the consummate embodiment of Superman on and off screen.
David Cornwell said something along this line in Russia house.
‘Sometimes you have to act the hero to be regarded as an ordinary human being.’
Perhaps it’s time for a black Superman who runs around doing nice things for everyone. I could embrace the character. (I am white) Then when we get back to being color blind hopefully someday, he could marry and have kids that are some beautiful mixed race hue that can’t be labeled and the kids can go around being nice and powerful and most of all……innocent……and they can inspire a new generation. Wouldn’t that be better model for kids than combat warriors in video games where people kill each other?
I know your overtone is serious.. but, you had me crackin up 😆🤣🤣….. innocent because if I’m white, I’m not innocent… 🙊🙉🙈