makes you a Superhero?
recent years, the genre of comic superheroes
has made a surprisingly successful transition to popular cinema.
With this success, the moral lesson of the heroic use of extraordinary
power for the sake of justice and the greater good is being presented
to a whole new audience.
Popularized versions of mythical archetypes
are being presented that illustrate what Joseph Campbell
called the heros journey. The messages may be
somewhat overwhelmed by special effects and exaggerated plots, but
they still remind us of the challenges of rising above personal
hardships or disadvantages, only to find power within ourselves
to make the world a better place. They tell us about the proper
use of that power for moral purposes, and the autonomy of instigating
change that comes from the use of reason and conscience. Superheroes
are, for the most part, of high moral character, despite their sometimes
questionable use of violence in the name of good. They are fallible
as well, yet still carry on to help and serve others.
Unfortunately, we often have to turn to
fiction like those to find the moral lessons that we need. A mature
enough mind, even in children, understands that violence, even in
the name of good, is usually not the answer. Nevertheless, there
is inspiration to be found there that should interest us all.
As Companions and Knights of Chivalry-Now,
we might ask ourselves what kind of superheroes we would make
not as fantasy, but as something made real by our fellowship. What
exactly do we bring to the table, be it only a metaphorical Round
Table on the Internet?
Most of us might think not too much,
which leads to the following.
We all have skills and abilities of value.
They may be underdeveloped or misdirected, but we can do something
about that. The 1st Trust is a personal vow to do exactly
what exactly are those skills and abilities? Dont
gloss over what they are. Examine them to find their true potential.
We are the products of our own individual quests, and that makes
us unique. No one else brings the exact perspective that you do.
Because of that, the contribution you make to life is very important.
What is the latent superpower that validates
your quest and makes you special? A talent or skill? Some particular
experience? Expertise on a particular subject? A depth of passion
and dogged resolve? Perhaps it is your depth of commitment, which
just might surpass any deficiency?
Do not overlook or belittle other attributes
which might make you invaluable to our cause. They may not be considered
superpowers on their own, but together with others they combine
to the level of knightly prowess.
Are you involved in the martial arts? Sword
fighting perhaps? Technology? Social media? History or philosophy?
Are you honest? Do you have a strong sense of fairness? Idealism?
Social aptitude? Integrity? A logical mind? Moral integrity? Imagination?
A desire to better yourself? Writing? Art? Something else? None
of the above, but working on them?
How about that very magical quality of
being alive? Talk about miraculous powers! Take hold of your life,
and live it as a hero.
The fact that you are part of this fellowship
speaks volumes. Now is the time to find out what really makes you
unique and valuable to our cause. Any one of the above skills or
aptitudes are quite sufficient.
If you are not sure of your strong points,
please take the time and effort to find them. Cultivate them. Unleash
them for the greater good.
Both Metropolis and Gotham will be better
off for it.