Superpowers

I grew up steeped in superhero mythology (https://goo.gl/E4EeZU) my mind frequently playing “what-if” scenarios in which stark moral dilemmas were presented in impossible situations and action still had to be taken. It was a useful pastime that informed some of my understanding of a world which back in the 70s was fragmented into geographically isolated regions linked only by television and music.

The time afforded me to day dream (which is what it was really) also allowed me to explore mental concepts (https://goo.gl/Bf2Vgl), determine the dynamics that govern them (https://goo.gl/YW0CJ4) and look for the reasons they occurred in the first place (https://goo.gl/oDqpUH).

In a series of superhero posts I put together some time ago (https://goo.gl/m2JZaj), others chimed in with incredibly deep thoughts, including +Bruce Marko (https://goo.gl/ryqn8f) whose exploration of the subject raises some incredibly valid points.

Superheroes are so deeply embedded in our culture that we frequently don’t think about the impact they have (https://goo.gl/d7zr3e) nor the fact that from a purely semantic point of view, the various attributes that make them possible (https://goo.gl/QGD0uJ) are a yearning we have towards the better version of ourselves.

Of course, I frequently played the game where I would ask myself the question. “If you could have any superpower you wanted, which would you choose?” Upon consideration each one individual superpower, however great, always left me feeling that I was missing out which is why my choice (which I will divulge a little later) was both a little more pedestrian, maybe, and directly telling, given what I now do for a living.

But first, since we are talking superpowers and since we now know a lot more about physics and science and the way the human body interacts with the world than the 70s, let’s take a look at Joy Lin’s TED-Talk mini-series where he explores the feasibility of flight (https://goo.gl/Ki0uwu), invisibility (https://goo.gl/wXRKDA), immortality (https://goo.gl/Aq4dPx), super strength (https://goo.gl/zrKSP), super speed (https://goo.gl/EAOI21) and body mass manipulation (https://goo.gl/bB18r6).

Lin’s factual take on this process kinda punctures the “I wannabe a superhero bubble” but it takes nothing away from the catalytic power superheroes have in modern culture: https://goo.gl/RLkcky.

These days I still spend a lot of time following Dragon Ball (https://goo.gl/5H5Ai) where its main character, Goku (https://goo.gl/4A3b1Y) embodies the consistency of character and moral approach that we identify with in the superhero genre (and for Goku fans here are some superpowers you might not know he has: https://goo.gl/utAmlx).

Like always, superheroes allow us to safely explore the interstices in our social fabric in ways that no other means can do with the same effect: https://goo.gl/5eSdxU. They allow us, again, to dynamically explore our morality: https://goo.gl/vh4xQa.

Despite the obvious additional responsibility that comes with having great power (Spiderman fans, rejoice: https://goo.gl/HqU7XH) there is always a yearning it seems for us to be more than we appear to be: https://goo.gl/3iWfkk.

Over the last three years I’ve spent a tremendous amount of time, deep in a universe where certain superpowers appears to be within our grasp: https://goo.gl/x47LOu. It resulted in a book that teaches us how to be the better version of ourselves we frequently yearn for: https://goo.gl/ECaMt0.
But back to that time, so many decades ago now, when I was asking myself the question about superpowers. The one that made most sense to me back then was to be able to know everything by simply focusing on it.

We are not quite there yet, but in the digital age, when search, the web, social media and interconnectivity have resulted in a highly networked hybrid mind of sorts we are all becoming smarter (https://goo.gl/IYZsPS) more knowledgeable and, with a little search ‘magic’, capable of finding out almost anything about anything we want.

In that regard, at least, the superpower I craved when I was 13 seems to be firmly within my grasp. I hope yours is too (choose wisely).

And speaking of wisdom I hope you’re reading this with a river of coffee and a mountain of donuts, croissants, cookies and chocolate ice cream (coz it is summer now), within easy reach. Have an awesome Sunday, wherever you are.
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