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Last weekend, I went to see Man of Steel with my oldest son. I’m a big superhero fan, especially DC comics superheroes—Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash. We’ve been superfriends since my childhood.
As I was watching the movie, wearing my Justice League shirt that my brother-in-law bought me, I saw myself on the screen. No, I have no delusion that I look like Henry Cavill, or that I can fly—despite my best efforts as a child, running around the yard with a towel bunched around my neck and flowing down my back. I just never could get any air to take off.
Someone - Kent
No, I saw myself in someone I never associated with—Pa Kent.
In Man of Steel, Pa Kent is different than he’s been portrayed in the past. he’s still a good man, a man of solid character. But he’s also afraid. Not of his alien, adopted son who could sneeze and blow his house down. But of the world that his son is a part of.
A world that may not understand him.
A world that may try to hurt him.
Powers - Attention
So he advises him to keep his powers hidden. To not draw attention to himself. To hold back.
Pa Kent is afraid of a world that would try to hurt his son—despite his son’s great abilities.
Aliens - Home—although - Something - Rooms - Children
I’m not raising any adopted aliens in my home—although I do think there’s something alien growing in one of their rooms. Nor do I think my children have superman-like powers. I saw that firsthand when I pushed one of them out of a swing as a child, and he went flying in the air and landed on the ground.
But I am like Pa Kent, in that a lot of times, I react out of fear. And as they get older, this seems to leak out more and more. Especially...
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