Becoming a Superhero, One Victim At A Time
Most of us have our childhood superheros. Cartoon characters and comic book heros. Protagonists from our favorite novels. We could not get enough of them. We admired them. What did we admire about them? They were helpign people. They were solving problems. They were fighting the bad guys. They were rescuing the helpless
Part of the hero worship was that we “identified” with them. Not directly, but with reflection, each of us can probably admit: if I had those superpowers, I would do great things, just like my hero. It is only a step to: “I want to be like my hero.” It is only another step to: “If only given the opportunity, it would, or will, be obvious that I am that hero.”
And so, we have our little ideas about being superman, or whomever, when we grow up. As time goes by, and we mature a little, we get more sophisticated, less simple. I want to be a veterinarian and help animals. I want to be a nurse and help people. I want to be a doctor and help people. I want to be a fireman and rescue people.
These all combine altruism with another aspect: exceptionalism. Being head-and-shoulders above others. Striving to be awesome.
As we mature more, we figure out that we are not so exceptional. We cannot actually fly. We do not discern some unrecognizable connection between clues and solve a crime. We do not discover radioactivity or Saturn or the New World, or bacteria. We do not throw a no-hitter.
If we do, we have matured to the point that we recognize that we are exceptional one one thing or acouple thigs, but we are just human, and not altogether head-and-shoulders above others. Partly by being humbled, but also by discovering that our heros are not altogether perfect.
What a disappointment.
We still keep a modified form of our dream. Those experiences are how we actually become humble and altruistic, and end up accomplishing things that are exceptional. but we have seen that we will nto be heros, saving people from certain disaster, or fending off the bad guys from the helpless good guys.
There is a way to be a superhero.
Look back through this essay, up to this point. Figure out what the requirements are for being a hero. Being exceptional. Maybe you can be a superhero. Maybe you can actually fulfill the secret desire of your youth.
What does it take? Bad guys. Helpless victims. And your intervention.
This is a big split between the rank and file American members of the democratic party and the communists.
You are welcome. I have told you how to spot the marxists infiltrating our party, co-opting it, weakening it, living off of it as parasites. They are parasites. They use my infrastructure, my donations, my volunteer workforce, my good name, and so on.
Being a superhero.
when we hear the congresspeople speak, they may have strong disagreements, but the cool thing is that they are always respectful of each other. You don’t call someone an ass. You say, “The honorable congressperson from [whatever state] is a horse’s ass.” And only when you have the floor. you never yell out, “You lie!” That would be a breach of protocol drawing scorn.
But off the Senate floor, is the respect sustained?
The socialists draw their opposition to be “bad guys.” I borrow money from a bank under my own free will, but the bank is “evil.” Bad guys. I patronize big business, but I always define them as “the enemy.” Racists. Neanderthals.
This is not disputing differnt views of how to ensure the health of the populace, or maintain creative incentives while protecting the environment
This is about bad guys.
Now, you need victims. You could go find victims, but it is easier to make victims to suit your unique superhero abilities. So, who can we make into victims? Anyone. This is easy. The one thing marxists are good at doing is defining victims for you to go save.
The whales. The oppressed. The women. The minorities. The employed. The unemployed. The underemployed. The overworked. The part-time employed. The seasonally employed. The illegally employed. The newly hired. The employed-with-seniority. The single employed. the married employed. The cannot-be-married-and-be-covered-by-insurance employed.
The homeowners. The renters. The homeless.
If they do not readily acknowledge that they are victims, you still can use them as victims. They don’t actually have to know.
When the superhero saves Earth from a killer asteroid, not all of us know that we were, moments ago, about to be victims. It only matters that the superhero was able to be exceptional and altrustic.
But, you cannot fly. What are your special powers? You believe your intelligence, your critical mind, and your altrusim combime to give you virtuous knowledge. You know the solutions to save the victims from the bad guys. This is your superpower.
You feel self-righteous about having the right view of the situation, and what to do about it.
Usually, the solution is some effort that can be achieved by hampering or compromising some group of people in order to rescue the victims. This is your superpower.
Actually lifing a hammer is one thing. Actually donating your own money is one thing Those are not your superpowers. Those are the unrecognized superpowers of others. your superhero ability is the ability to recognize the victims on the verge of disaster, to inform everyone else, and dirct them regarding what to do. no, you may not be able to drive a nail, or diagnose foot-in-mouth disease.
But you can recognize the victims on the verge of disaster, to inform everyone else, and dirct them regarding what to do.
Being a superhero is awesome. Some say it is impossible. But all you have to do is invent the problem, and invent the victims. The solution is already there – the solution is your superpower.
Now you understand the puzzle of why there are so many lesbians active in the pro-choice movement.