Our obsession with superheroes – what if we are wrong?

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I recently read a book series which challenged a dream I have had since I was first exposed to the fantasy world of superheros. A secret hope that one day I would wake up and become one of those heroes. I know I am not alone in this secret hope, tv and movie culture these days is saturated with Marvel and DC. These stories are always shown to be two opposing sides, the good versus evil. The heroes versus the villains. The books turn this concept upside down and present some hard questions about human nature. Would I be able to resist the allure of unlimited power? Could I remain a “hero” when my every want or desire was at mine for the taking?

While the post does discuss how the book presents this idea the final section, Life and the Moral,  is focused on the above questions and discusses them in greater depth. Give it a read! Do you agree that we have become enamored by superheros? How do you think we would handle the sudden arrival of these abilities?



The Reckoners – Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely


The Moral of the Story

The Reckoners is a young adult trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. A “coming of age” story about a teenager growing up in a world completely transformed by the appearance of superpowers. It is a tale about human nature and the struggles of adolescence, with a little bit of the classic good versus evil thrown in. There are a number of thought-provoking concepts throughout the tale but the most intriguing one revolves around the phrase, “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

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10 Cloverfield Lane – Fight or Flight

The Moral of the Story

The lesson I learned from 10 Cloverfield Lane stems from the transformation of the main character throughout the movie. It is a simple yet powerful example of how our personalities and natures are not fixed. Sometimes it feels like our fates are predetermined based on the tendencies we are born with. The story told by this movie gives evidence to the contrary, showing each of us has the capacity to become more than we are.

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