I have been watching the 1978 version of the concept of Superman this evening and it's a damned good movie. The idea of a creature who is sent to us to rescue us from our own failings and to make wrong, right, is very appealing to humans. I suspect that desire is at the very basis of most of our religions. I believe that humans have always desired a super special creature that would watch over us and that would rescue us just as we are about to fail or to do evil. The truth is, IMHO, Superman is representative of a god. A saviour. A Christ. Someone to save us from ourselves.
The question is, do we need that? Do we need a super hero to save us? Or can we, as humans, find a way to save ourselves? If we do manage to save ourselves, if we do manage to do what we would have otherwise thought was impossible, then do we have a need to assign that rescue to a higher power? Do we have a human need to give a god the credit, even if dispassionate analysis says we as humans worked it out on our own? Do we have to give credit away, when it was us that made it work?
The concept of a super hero, a Superman, is very attractive. It's wonderful to imagine that there is a mythical creature out there, somewhere, that is ready to swoop down into human life and to rescue our kittens or to make Air Force One get to the airport or to stop a nuclear annihilation or to save our souls from some sort of damnation. The concept is attractive for one simple reason. It takes the responsibility for us acting ourselves off from our shoulders. It places the responsibility onto a mythical creature that we can then blame when the rescue does not happen.
I would posit that we don't need a saviour. I would posit that we don't need a hero or a Superman. I think that humans have it within their own control to make humanity work at it's best, without the influence of a god or a Superman. What do you think?