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Avengers: Age of Ultron Why Superheros? Lifestyle Porn


I Await the Lawyers...

I Await the Avenger Lawyers

People want to be important, to feel important, to appear important to those around them.

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” – William James

“The desire to be important is is the deepest urge…” – John Dewey

When Dale Carnegie wrote his famous and influential How to Win Friends & Influence People, he wisely emphasized this deeply important, universally human motivation. One way or another, we all want to be important, to impress others, to make a memorable mark on life. We want others to care about us, respect our opinions, value our company. We want to BE SOMEBODY, somehow.

Yet life has other ideas for most of us. Most of us manage to get by, but attract far less fame and attention than we’d like. In an age of celebrity, when fame often seems our culture’s highest praise, most of us attract very little fame indeed. The more we elevate and adore celebrities, the more we lower and ignore the rest of us in comparison. It makes for lots of dissatisfaction, angst, and discouragement. We’re a culture of nobodies with higher aspirations.

Which brings us to superheros: so attractive and popular lately! We can’t seem to get up enough of these odd folks in silly suits. Why? Why do we obsess so heavily over these modern fairy tales?

Many reasons, of course. I’ll offer just a few of the attractions:

Superheros are the ultimate individuals. They are each unique in their name, appearance, and abilities.

Superheroes are memorable. Who says to Captain American in embarrassment, “Who are you again? I’m so bad with names…”

Superheroes get far better clothes than the rest of us. No stains, no rips, no wear and tear. Lava and bullets: no problem! I as much as look at pizza and get a stain.

Superheroes MATTER. They focus on massive threats no one else can manage. They save humanity!

Superheroes enjoy all the freedom we crave and lack. They mostly live in relative wealth, without earning a living, paying taxes, filling out forms, obeying laws, or answering to anyone.

Superheroes enjoy life in a comic book reality. They can walk off stage and back, so to speak, just like comic book characters, and effortlessly bring back new technologies, vehicles, buildings. whatever the story calls for. Mr Stark’s long hard work to create a new life form amounts to less time than most of us spend commuting to work each week. No matter how fast things are moving, there’s always plenty of time for some wit. They rarely need to eat, shave, or bathe, and never use the bathroom. They don’t even seem to age or gain weight. Mutations give real people cancer: they give superheroes evolutionary miracles. They don’t have health insurance: why would they bother? They never seem to have problems with lawyers. Their internet has no terms and conditions or lag.

Superheroes also get special treatment. No one seems to ask superheroes the obvious, tough questions I would. Take Iron Man. You save your life with a miraculous power source the size of an apple. Fine, wonderful, good for you. It provides enough power to fly without wings, apparently without limit. Fantastic! He makes a suit of thin metal than is apparently tougher than any tank armor. And yet no one asks Iron Man the obvious. If you’re such a force for good, why don’t you share that power source miracle? Could we get the story on that metal? That would be nice. It’s as if Edison invented the light bulb, kept it to himself, used it to make his house and clothes brighter than the sun, AND no one asked him about it. Bright Man he’d be, or some such jazzy title, in an incandescent suit with the underwear on the outside, solving crimes by others in odd suits, one at a time. No one would ask him about THAT either.

I get in trouble for petty crap all the time. Stark nearly gets humanity extinct, AND openly keeps the best scientific step forward in modern times to himself. No HR meetings for him! No hassles for flying without a pilot’s license!

Quite a sweet life they have going for themselves. I can see the attraction.

About Big Red Carpet Nurse (1750 Articles)
Along with other stuff I enjoy that pays the bills (a plus!), I'm a budding nurse comic. I plan, like fake Opthomologist Rand Paul, to create my own professional organization solely so it will grant me a Doctorate. In my case, the org will be something like the AANC (American Association of Nurse Comics), and it will (trust me on this point) agree to make me the first ever DNC: Doctor of Nurse Comedy. I'll keep you posted!

16 Comments on Avengers: Age of Ultron Why Superheros? Lifestyle Porn

  1. abrightclearweb // June 11, 2015 at 4:03 am // Reply

    That’s why I love The Incredibles movie – it puts superheroes in context, facing the same problems as the rest of us: family disharmony, struggles with domesticity, marital strife, job loss, lawsuits, betrayal, coming to terms with your true self, middle age spread… 🙂

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  2. That’s why I love The Incredibles movie – it puts superheroes in context, facing the same problems as the rest of us: family disharmony, struggles with domesticity, marital strife, job loss, lawsuits, betrayal, coming to terms with your true self, middle age spread… 🙂

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  3. It was a great movie though!! 😍

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  4. This is great and, I think, spot on.

    I am looking for some guest poost to put on my blog while I’m on vacation and this would be perfect.

    Let me know if you’re interested. If course you will get writing credit and a link.

    God bless,

    James

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  5. “Superheroes enjoy life in a comic book reality.” I love your take on the the more adore them the more we belittle ourselves. so true!

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    • With some posts I have only the vaguest idea where I’m headed, and I end up not going there anyway. My plan had been to assign charachters to hospital roles. Say Stark as a surgeon. It couldn’t make it work, so this came out. From where? Not me, at least that’s how such posts feel. I can see where the mythical Muses came from. Myth, yet as a writer it feels very accurate at times. Thanks for your kindness – Greg

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  6. Well said–and something I wonder about often–

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