what is it about superheroes?

I have a 12 year old son, and so superhero movies are as relevant to me right now as they will ever be, and certainly more in-my-face than I anticipate them ever being again. Just my  luck that this coincides with Marvel’s domination of the box office. Superheroes, all the time.

I’ve liked most of the movies more than I expected to given the violence and nefariousness, but what I’ve enjoyed most is the banter between the superheroes during the crises. They keep their wits about them. They don’t feel doomed by whatever is happening and give up. It’s no big thing, just another day at the office.

This presence of mind and confidence in skill and willingness to embrace whatever is happening now – these feel like good models. Again, I’m surprised.

I think calm might be the currency of the new millenium. That’s the luxury brand. You can spot it from a distance – it’s as conspicuous as louboutins. Calm presence.

This busyness paradigm has held the floor growing ever-increasing volumes of activities until most people I know are literally at their breaking point. Luckily, most of them are thrilled about it, happy not to be bored, appreciating the variety of activities life can contain. But a huge swath of the population is exhausted and doesn’t see an end in sight. That spot sucks. Time poverty plus dubious fiscal security is a time bomb I expect will cause a cultural implosion in my lifetime. I’m so excited to see what comes next.

I loved the nickelodeon show “Avatar: the last airbender” because their superhero powers come from the earth itself. Fluency in harnessing nature and engaging it – that seems like the kind of superpower I would like.  I imagine that the next iteration of human culture will need to include a profound level of systems acknowledgment, and nobody “gets” that better than earth herself. I’m pretty sure she’s the one who is going to show us the way out of this mess. and calmly.