Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Superman is a Space Alien
This appears to be true of Hancock as well, the recent movie with Wil Smith that did not do well at the box office. I can see why. Most people (see below) either can’t relate or reject the notion that immortals wouldn’t care about their trivial daily dramas. I loved the movie. I thought it a very accurate portrayal of how it is to be an immortal living amongst those who believe they are mortal. They take for granted that Superman would care about them, want to be like them. This is in contrast to Data on Star Trek, who is also effectively immortal, but has the non-biological-creature-Pinocchio-delusion and wants to be human, and constantly tries to act like a person.
But this “person” is an illusion, an ongoing “learned” process of sustained belief in a personal free-will separate self, painstakingly, tiresomely maintained with a myriad of reminders, cues, and self-imposed constraints: stories, pictures, emotional, family and friend connections, beliefs, thoughts and religio-spiritual delusions. Underneath all that, what is there, exactly? This process can be seen through and pierced, though not easily. Breaking free of ones’ programming is the hardest thing there is. Which is why it is seen as a “super-human” feat (pun intended?)
Many say they want it, but few truly do. Superman and Hancock, like Data are ultimately alone though not necessarily lonely.