Sunday, May 13, 2007

My goofy fanboyish thing that I said before

Remember how I said two posts below that I had a superman thought, about how in a way Lex Luthor is still Superman's best friend?

I came to this conclusion while thinking about my friend Eric. Basically, it comes down to this; If Eric had superpowers, I wouldn't trust him to not start thinking of humans as cattle that are utterly beneath him, because that viewpoint is already tempting to him. So, it falls on those best capable for the task to make the superhumn human, to lay him low so that he feels kinship and empathy with those he might choose to serve and protect. It's a lot easier to disregard others as pathetic and weak if you don't have to face such feelings yourself.

So, basically, if Eric were superman, I'd be Lex Luthor. I'd even up the comic similarity one step further by pretending to never discover his secret identity- even though it would probably be pretty easy to find out a superhero's secret identity- but I'd threaten it constantly in order to make sure he valued it, protected it. Saw his human life amongst humans as a relief and a joy. And even though I'd have countless opportunities to kill him, I'd monologue to him instead of actually doing it, because killing him would be the last thing I'd want to do. Instead, I'd be showcasing human resourcefulness and telling him how he's not so special before essentially allowing him to escape and put me in jail. Ta-Da! I'm his best friend!

Also, what goes for Eric above also goes for Ian and Carl.

Most of my other friends I don't feel have such a profound distaste or lack of empathy, so I would (mostly) trust them.

1 comment:

Slacker Ninja said...

Wow, that is a brilliant way to think of it. And I would love to see that angle as a story, Superman or otherwise.

I mean, I'd been a party to that conversation when it happened, but reading this made me really want to read that comic.