Recognizing Superman

Man of Steel is on television. It’s at the beginning when he first gets back to The Daily Planet. He picks up a book by Lois Lane and there’s a picture of Superman on the cover. So he’s staring at a picture of himself minus the glasses, and I think, “This is so stupid. Why do they do this and expect people to believe that no one recognized Clark Kent as Superman? It’s so annoying.”

Then I think about it for a minute and realize it’s not actually that far-fetched. We do it all the time. People see what they want to see, what they expect to see. They don’t look at Clark Kent in all his clumsy nerdiness and see a superhero; they see a clumsy nerd.

People aren’t as complex as we’d all like to believe ourselves to be. Once we put someone in a box, it’s hard to get them out of that box. Think of the cheerleader in high school or the valedictorian.

Or we could look at…Donald Trump.

I despise Donald Trump. In my mind, he’s a greedy, egotistical, racist, homophobic, superficial, self-aggrandizing, whiny, incompetent, uneducated, womanizing jerk whom I am ashamed is our president. Unless someone pulls out some major evidence to the contrary, that’s his box. I want him out of office as soon as possible.

To the people who elected and still support him, he’s a patriotic, brilliant businessman and family man who supports women’s rights (how?) and is supposedly pro-life although who could tell since he constantly flip-flops on all of his issues. My opinion kind of got in the way there, but you get what I’m saying. His supporters think he’s a wonderful president who puts country first (I’d laugh if it weren’t so ridiculous when he’s made millions in his first few months in office.).

My point, though, is not that he’s a bad man and everyone should agree with me, but that none of us can change the other’s minds although to each of us it should be obvious which Trump to see. We’re looking at the same person – but we aren’t seeing the same thing.

To a small degree, we are all Clark Kenting our way through life and only those who love us recognize Superman (or Superwoman).




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