I need a little inspiration

So in light of recent events, I needed a little inspiration, a little pep talk, all that jazz, whatever…

…anyway, anyway, anyway.

The following dialogue came to mind, with the Kryptonian scientist, Jor-El, speaking to his son, Kal-El, otherwise known as Superman.

Brightened my day a little.

My son, you do not remember me. I am Jor-El. I am … your father. By now you will have reached your eighteenth year of time as it is measured on earth. By that same reckoning I will have been dead for many thousands of your years. The knowledge that I have of, matters physical and historic I have given to you fully on your voyage to your new home. These are important matters, to be, sure, but still matters of mere fact. There are questions to be asked and it is time for you to do so. Here in this Fortress of Solitude we shall try to find the answers together. How does a Good man live? What is virtue’? When does a man’s obligation to those around him exceed his obligation to himself’? These are not simple questions – even on Krypton there is no precise science which provides us with the answers. I can only tell you what I myself believe. To this end, I have tried to anticipate your questions, and in -the order of their importance to you.

Your name is Kal-El. You are the only survivor of the planet Krypton. Even though you have been raised as a human being, you are not one of them. You have great powers, only some of which you have, as yet, discovered

You are superior to others. You can only become inferior by setting yourself above them. Lead by inspiration. Let your actions and ideals become a touchstone against which mankind may learn how to serve the common good. While it is forbidden for you to interfere with human history itself, your leadership can stir others to their own capacity for moral betterment

The virtuous spirit has no need for thanks or approval. Only the certain conviction that what has been done is right. Develop such conviction in yourself, Kal-El. The human heart on your planet is still subject to small jealousies, lies, and monstrous deceptions. Resist these temptations as you inevitably find them – and your ethical power will then properly outweigh your physical advantage over others…

Live as one of them, Kal-El, to discover where your strength and power are needed – but always hold in your heart the pride of your special heritage. Your being is both separate and your own , but I have caused your earthly presence and must share responsibility for your actions. They can be a great people, Kal-El. They wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all – their capacity for good – I have sent them you…

…my only son.


~ by seangstm on July 8, 2005.

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