Tuesday, January 16, 2007

To Be or Not to Be SUPER

If you could be granted super powers, but had to use them to benefit mankind, would you accept?
yes no
Imagine you had the opportunity to be Superman, would you take it? Sure, you'd have the ability to fly, but what about all the baggage that goes with it? Say some omnicient being (think Q in the Star Trek TNG series) makes you this offer. I'll give you virtually unlimited power, but you must use it for the benefit of mankind. What do you choose? Me? I'm not sure how selfless I am, but then again, I wouldn't mind being able to fly. When contemplating this question a couple of things come to mind. We've recently discussed Superman's ability to procreate, so one must keep this in mind before deciding whether or not to accept. And even if you can have a relationship with a person who doesn't have super powers, just look at Spiderman. Talk about conflicted. Would it be worth it? I suppose on the plus side you'd have the admiration of most of the world, minus the super villians that would likely show up to challenge you. I mean, you'd probably be like a rock star times ten! If you're someone who isn't into long term relationships, this might be just the ticket. But remember the old tale about the monkey's paw, be careful what you wish for.


Stewart Sternberg said...

No. I'm pretty much super-villain material. At the very best, on my good days, maybe hero for hire. But they'd have to have lot's of money.

cooltopten said...

hehe I agree with stewart.But if i could have x-ray eyes for a while that would be cool.cant promise you i wouldnt be a bit naughty :)
Havent seen this blog before jon.good work i like it

Kate S said...

How funny! My brother and I recently had a similar conversation, but more along the lines if you had to pick one superpower. The conclusion we came to is that any one power by itself doesn't do much good. You'd have to have all of them. So if I could have all the superpowers, sure, I'd work on behalf of mankind. Once everyone was doing well and playing nice, I could retire and enjoy my x-ray vision and fly around a bit. :)

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

hiya sqt. i have no earthly idea here but still can't keep my mouth shut so i'll comment on what a lovely day it was. hope yours was also..... smiles my friend, bee

mist1 said...

I love this post.

I think about this all the time. I would not use my powers for good. I wish that I would, but I know myself.

I don't want to be Superman for a number of reasons. I don't want to fly. I have big hair. The power of flight would only increase it's volume. Plus, when the wind blows, sometimes my eyes tear up. If I could fly, I would need to switch to waterproof mascara and that stuff is too hard to wash off.

I don't need super strength. Living in the South means that I never have to open a door or tote anything heavy. I'm not willing to give that up any time soon.

I wish that I could say that I would use my superpowers to fight crime, but I don't fight crime now. Why would I fight crime with unlimited power?

No, I am not ready to be Superman. Also, I prefer to wear my panties under my tights, but that's just me.

SQT said...

Mist, you're so funny. Ok, what if you could design your own costume? Maybe you could find a way to make Manolo Blahniks out of super strong superhero-type material? Add a leather bustier, a whip and a cape-- hmmm, that sounds more like a super-villian huh?

I guess I'm destined to be a villian too Stewart.

Bee-- I don't care what you say, I'm just glad to hear from you.

jedimerc said...

I have to admit, I would start out selfless and do some beneficial things for mankind, but then I always seeing it turn horribly wrong and ultimately tragic.(probably why I am a sucker for the Dark Phoenix storyline... in the comics :)

But that is the inherent price of power, even when it is used for good, it holds to the tenet of Lord Acton (which Professor X quotes many a time in the comics), and selflessness has to be balanced against the inner struggle to utilize power for ill, or even selfish gain.

So, yeah it would be worth it, then I would get my Homeric end I have always dreamed of :)

Skittles said...

Hehee.. I voted yes on the poll thingy.

ShadowFalcon said...

Give me super powers I don't care what the catch is.

SGT DUB said...

hmmm, fighting crime, check, fighting tyranny, check, benefiting mankind, check, yes, I could easily work this into my current scenario and still be able to sleep in my own bed

Stewart Sternberg said...

I've decided on the superhero ability I want...actually there are a few of them. You see, I could have commented on them earlier, but I went away and thought about it.

First, I want to be immortal through a self healing power. Of course, someone would have to remove the artificial knee I have. Ouch..but the healing power would kick in and push it out otherwise. Okay, maybe gimme a bunch of pain killers and let the power just do it.

Although since my healing power would automatically set my body for optimum efficiency, I would lose weight and get my hair back.

Second, I want the power of being able to walk through walls, and be able to transfer that power to anything I touch. That way, I can carry stuff in and out of the stores (told you I wanted to be a villian)

And Superstrength...

Or..if I can't have any of those, then the ability to bend people to my will with a word. Irresistable Hypnosis with a thought.

As for a costume? No. I want to wear jeans and a baggy shirt. Maybe I can have an emblem...something with an S. Not the yellow red S of superman. Something slick. An Evil Genius S.

Angela/SciFiChick said...

You betcha.. especially since I'm single and don't have much of a life at the moment anyway.

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

I would definitely use my powers for the benefit of mandkind, but I don't think I can do it very much.

I get up pretty early to go to work, then when I come home I've only got a couple hours with my kid. I have to walk the dog, too. I guess I can benefit mankind from 8-10 or so plus some weekends.

Avery DeBow said...

It all revolves around sleep. If part of my power is that I can be awake all the time and not crabby or nauseous or any of the other horrific things I am when I don't sleep, then, yes. But, if I have to be a sleep-deprived superhero, flying around with grainy eyelids and a headache, then no thanks.

The Curmudgeon said...

Doesn't sound like a hard choice to me either SQT -- after all, we can all profit by Spiderman's bad example and avoid some of the angst.

Don't you think so?

SQT said...


That's the rub isn't it? I wouldn't mind having the power, but the angst I could do without.

I mean, is there such thing as a superhero with a life? I suppose you could look at as a job, but you don't exactly get paid for it, right? So in essence you'd have two jobs and not a lot of free time.

Stewart may be right, it's probably a lot more fun to be a super villian.

mist1 said...

I can't have a costume. I don't like to wear things repeatedly. I'm shallow, deal with it.

Could I be the superhero that never wears the same thing twice (unless it's in a different location and I really only had it on for a few hours before)?

SQT said...


Perhaps you could be like Mystique, with the power to change your look whenever you want. If you get to choose your powers, that sounds like the way to go.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Mist, depending on how hot you are, and describing yourself without a picture doesn't cut it, I would say that you might consider the job of NEKKIDGIRL. Her power is to stun males into inaction. Hmmmm.

(mumbling to self: she doesn't like to wear the same outfit

Anonymous said...

You've all missed a salient point. There was no mention of who would decide what the good of mankind is. Ergo, Ultron must destroy you all..

uh, sorry anyway, you'd have the power to inflict your own brand of Good on the world.

SQT said...

Excellent point! The definition of "good" is open to interpretation.

There's a good story here somewhere, I know it!