Hero, Villain, or Human

I never was all that much into superheros and supervillians growing up.  And it’s not because I don’t have a sense of wonder, nor is it because I don’t aspire to be better than just who/what I am.

It’s because to me – there is really nothing “super” about any of them.  I grew up reading myths and legends and literature (like Lorna Doone, The Last of the Mohicans, Moby Dick, etc) for fun.  When things like Superman, Batman, and others came into my life as entertainment – they looked no different to me than Hercules, Perseus, Theseus, Asdzáán Nádleehé (Diné [Navajo] Changing Woman) and Her two sons Naayéé Neizghání (Monster Slayer) and Tóbájíshchíní (Born-For-Water), Coyote (in so many different forms and from so many different tribes) and Raven (also from many, many different tribes and cultures).

Whether the reason they were “more than human” was because of some chemical or nuclear disaster or injury, or whether they were born of a “god” sleeping with a “mortal” doesn’t matter to me.

Thing is, most of the superhero/supervillain genre to me is about “the ends justifies the means.”  I mean, look – Superman is an alien and feels he must “protect humanity” because he’s so superior to us.  Batman is a spoiled rich kid who would rather use his money to allow him to beat up and destroy criminals and corruption rather than use his money to support those who are NOT corrupt, who ARE honest, and who have integrity.  Green Arrow (no matter which origin story you use) is pretty much a rich guy who wants to impose his version of right and wrong on his city.

How do any of those really look any different than the villains they fight?  I mean really, Joker has a vision for the city too – he is just as sick of the corruption and shit.  Lex Luthor is pretty much a xenophobic human who thinks he’s protecting Earth from this “superior” alien.  Queen (Green Arrow) is pretty much focused on drugs – and is just as violent and willing to kill as his opponents are.

You want to give me a hero?  You focus on someone who isn’t corrupt.  You focus on someone who has integrity and looks out for EVERYONE he considers as part of his community, and tries to offer alternatives to crime and corruption.  You find someone that understands that education is much better (although slower) to change a society than an enforced change (which is tyranny).

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