Is It A Dirty Word?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

However you feel about the debate about whether you can do everything, should do everything, or if everything can be done at once, there are times when slowing down can be enjoyable. Or essential. It's a bit like spinning round very fast in circles, though (I can't be the only one who used to love spinning on office chairs as a kid... or when nobody else was around when older...) - once you stop, it feels like the rest of the world is still whirling faster than ever.

This poster made me smile when I first saw it*... I don't take it as an admission of defeat, but as a statement of sanity preservation for occasional use.

Picture: Jones Design Company via Simply Seleta

The way I look at it, it's not about telling yourself you can't do seven impossible things before breakfast if you so choose, but perhaps about telling other people. If it was good for everybody to know what you could really get up to, why does Superman have an alter ego...?

* Yep, it's another exception to the Keep Calm rule.

Back in Black on September 30, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Technically, Superman does not have an alter ego; it is that Superman is Clark Kent's secret identity.
There are many reasons why Clark Kent would not reveal, that he is also the Super hero Superman, the popular view is that he does it to protect the ones he loves. Which as an underlying characteristic, is an admirable trait for a Superhero.
I, on the other hand, subscribe to the basic simplicity of the Human psych.
I am sure growing up, he would have felt slightly alienated (pun intended), from all the others, because of being more than ordinary. And growing up in Classic Americana culture of the 50's, peer pressure would have been a perception of normalcy, and fitting in would have been mindset he gre up with.
So Clark Kent not announcing he is Superman, to me, is more about being 'normal', than any thing.

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