The Supermen Dilemma

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Superman's powers are unbelievable trying for humans beings- alone or in mass- to even contemplate going up against. I wonder if they ever thought of how lucky they were Superman actually turned out to be a good guy. Superman is so strong they have to pull a weakness out of their a** to level the playing field. Glowing rocks from his own home planet make him mortally weak?...Yeah right!

Superman can move at or greater than the speed of light. For all of you thinking you are just going to pull a glowing rock from your pants and start kicking him in the gut, imagine a thing[/I} able to move so quick that the nano-electric signal moving from your brain doesn't even make it to your neck before he's kicked your head some wheres past Mars. His speed alone can counter any initiative a human being can begin to prepare. Dodging nukes would be the equivalent of a mere sidestep. Couple this with ridiculous strength, intellect, and abominable resilience to harm or injury and you've got a demi-god able to systematically tear the world apart on a whim. Needless to say, before the introduction of other cosmic beings such as him, crime fighting for Superman was laughable at best. Other peoples powers pose merely an inconvenience and humans were probably in the background being cut, burned, or broken like shrieking leaves of grass. It effectively takes us out of the loop.

That being said, I figured it was important to avoid creating such a hero or being. It totally unbalances the story and leaves in it's wake a bunch of youtube videos about why it should have ended at page 5. (or minute five) I'm a fan or superpowers, but it seems much more a challenge to the writer and more rewarding to make characters of subtle power who remain susceptible to death while having a slight{/I] superhuman advantage. This is hard because the existence of these kinds of beings immediately places the whole of regular humanity in second place. Imagine a person who is able to make a flame. Just a flame. He can make flame out of thin air. Or even more lame, air. Sounds pretty lame except when he is able to make a little flame or bubble of air inside your head...your heart. It's pretty much immediate or excruciatingly painful death for you done with all the exertion of thinking about it on their part. And because of that, they can do it over and over again, indefinitely. That's probably a hundred lives a minute...from one person with a very small ability. This is only one of perhaps many ways limited only by the persons resourcefulness and imagination. Politicians and rich people wall themselves off when they get a sense of superficial authority and power. Imagine actual supermen...

Thinking about it in those terms, it seems hard to incorporate them plausibly into a world without huge human collateral damage- which would defeat the point of having them. Human beings are reduced to cheerleaders in a story mainly about supermen. This is like a war movie that completely ignores the efforts of the thousands of enlisted men in various battlefields throughout history and puts the credit squarely in the hands of it's notable officers.

Still thinking on it...
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