October 3rd, 2020
Superheroes have taught me a lot of lessons, but I learned one as a kid that I never forgot, and it feels especially relevant now.
At the end of any Spider-Man or Batman cartoon or comic book, I always found myself with an uneasy feeling.
I didn’t like how they let the bad guys live.
To me, it made sense to kill them, so they couldn’t hurt anybody else. I wasn’t a psychopath or anything (though that’s arguable); my soft, feeble brain just saw a primitive logic in removing evil from the equation of life.
By doing something over and over again that I didn’t quite initially understand, they normalized the idea that every person’s life is important, no matter who they are.
This means that we don’t wish for anyone — not even the bad guy — to die.
Because every life means something.
Just a thing to think about during these times. There are some days when even Spider-Man or Batman question whether they’re doing the right thing.
They are. I know that in my heart.
[Photo by audrey nicole photography]