“Men with power obey neither policy nor principle, no one is different, no one is neutral”.
Do our overarching natural tendencies towards making Gods out of heroes and legends out of leaders defeat our common sense.
But what if we needed a superhero now more than ever to tackle the virus of terrorism and insurgency and crime? Considering how wise in face of good and evil Clark Kent is, why is there to be a reason to expect him to take drastic biased actions? After all if the Superman saves the earth from extra-terrestrial villains and nerdy maniacs, there are expected to be some casualties on the war field. But then the important question is, ‘how accountable is Superman in the eyes of the public (owing to his messianic image)?’
“Men like that, words don’t stop him. You know what stops him? A fist”.
Because it will take only an equivalently imaginable force to stop the Superman, which then is just imaginable, his accountability is not even questioned. He is the sole author of who survives and who dies (as casualty), of how to act in a given situation. And there’s no one as powerful as him to neither question his methods as to what could have been done instead, nor to stop him for his misadventures (A simple example of an antidote would be the principle of separation of powers in India).
But then again if the people claim Superman to be their messiah, what vested interests can he have to act against them?
“Martha Kent: People hate what they don’t understand. Be their hero, Clark, be their angel, be their monument, be anything they need you to be, or be none of it. You don’t owe this world a thing, you never did”.
Faith is the most dangerous thing today. It can bring people to bow down and congregate; it can also incite people to head up for war. That is exactly what the Superman represents – faith. Faith in him is like faith in God. People expect their messiah to be a projection of themselves. Hence their own definitions of God, Messiah or Hero (the ‘S’ sign on the Superman’s chest is symbol in the Kryptonian language to which the earthlings assign the name ‘Superman’ which reveals their ability to project their notions of a messiah on him).
“We have always created icons in our own image. What we’ve done is we project ourselves on to him (Vikram Gandhi)”.
All sorts of religions, ideologies and faiths exist in clashes today. If the Superman were to exist as loyal and prudent as expected, his interests could have been a projection of a particular vision. Having someone who could wipe out the entire universe to represent anything finally means claiming that a certain vision beholds the universe’s present and future. Why would humanity ever want that?