There was a TV series on NBC not long ago called “Heroes.” While it started out well and seemed to gain quite a bit of popularity, the plot quickly got a bit muddied and seemed to lose itself and what it was trying to say. To the best of my memory, nearly all of the characters obtained their powers through a singular event (after an eclipse) and seemed to gain them around the same time.
I watched the show until the last season in spite of feeling let down by the loss of momentum and direction, and always kept hoping they would take a turn that would catalyze the entire world, giving almost everyone superhuman abilities. I thought, at the very least, that would have been an excellent end to the series although it didn’t seem as practical by the time they reached the end as it did in the beginning. (In contrast, this was pretty much the choice that was made to end the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, although it was more of a “girl power” rallying cry.)
The reason that I (and probably many of us) enjoy superhero stories is that they can be very empowering, even if only in a sort of vicarious way. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Every one of us has the capacity to take charge, and control, of our own lives, to make change happen in a positive (or potentially damaging) way by the choices we make on a daily basis.
A great deal of the time, though, it seems that most people look to others for leadership and answers — whether that be looking to the government for answers to resolving problems that sometimes might seem too large for us to resolve ourselves, or looking to experts for their insights and opinions (sometimes to the point of all but allowing them to make important decisions for us about our own lives). In this time of changes, all of us are capable of taking a stand, and taking control, to determine the course of our future as it unfolds. We can ensure that the future is a place we want to live and where we feel comfortable accepting our rightful place.
This blog (and others like it) can help point you in the right direction, provide more information to help you decide what action you want to take, but ultimately it is up to you. Regardless of your background, your political preferences, your gender, sexual or religious (or not) preferences, you have the ability and a voice that matters. Everyone can be a superhero.