Philosophy of The Superhero

We all had our favorite superheros when we were kids. Superman, Batman, Spiderman, etc. Mines was Spiderman. Anyway, as you got older and experienced the darker side of reality and the more hero vs villain movies you watched, the more you started to listen to the villain’s point of view and understand where they were coming from.

And the stranger part was. . . you could relate.

Why is that? Why is it that as children we idolize the superheroes and as adults the villain makes more sense? What is it about the villain that’s changed? Or was it us that changed?

Let’s talk about it.

There’s no such thing as a hero or a villain. Let’s get that out the way. There are only two opposing forces trying to get their agenda fulfilled, one is perceived as good and another as evil. The agenda of the superhero is usually utilitarian or egalitarian in a sense, sometimes both. Simply put, the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

The villain’s agenda, on the other hand, is entirely selfish. They typically don’t give a damn about anybody except one or two people and that’s it. Nothing utilitarian about it.

Now, the superhero represents a point in evolution of awareness and quality of consciousness. The superhero can be likened to the Blue Pill individual, totally immersed in the matrix, in the illusion that everything is fine and nothing is wrong.

The villain, on the other hand, doesn’t have the luxury of indulging in such ignorance and naivety. That ship sailed very early in the villain’s life, usually during their childhood. The villain is the one who is exposed to the dark and harsh truths early on and has to accept them while the hero lives in a world with trivial and often banal problems such as a woman flaking on a date or missing the bus to school or getting a bad grade on their report card.

You know, boring shit.

The superhero, or the one that becomes a superhero, usually has something strange, not necessarily good or bad, happen to them which unlocks or bestows upon them great power.

Meanwhile, the villain is either being used, abused, manipulated, thrown around, treated like trash, and just overall living a miserable existence and is getting to the point of deep depression or suicide. Needless to say, the villain is going through some fucked up shit.

The superhero usually doesn’t understand this power and plays around with it a bit. They get the gist of it and everything is even better, for a while. Then, something bad happens in the hero’s perfect little world which exposes them to the dark reality that people you love die, friends turn on you, or something to that nature.

This is usually when the superhero picks up the cape to ensure nothing like what they experienced happens to anyone else because they were raised to help people, to take responsibility for themselves and those around them, to protect those in need and to enforce justice in the world however they can. Essentially, the superhero has been raised to be a utility, except with superpowers.

You know how the rest goes. If you don’t, go watch a superhero movie (preferably Spiderman).

Now, the question is why do we idolize these people? Is it for who they are, their values and principles, what they stand for? No, what we admire superheroes for is the status, fame and attention they receive. The love they get from civilians they’ve saved and helped out, not knowing the truth behind that so-called “love”.

As children, we have no concept of how the world doesn’t revolve around us. We want all the attention, everything is ours, we want to be the center of it all as children. We are totally ignorant to the darker realities and our parents keep the truth from us to avoid being scarred for life. The superhero is the child that has grandiose visions for what good is and what good should be, for how justice should be meted out and how the world should operate, still not aware that the world doesn’t run by their rules.

The villain, however, is fully aware of that, and will be the superhero’s greatest and perhaps only teacher, for the villain loves the superhero more than the hero’s friends and family.

To be continued. . .

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