Thursday, January 17, 2008

More Real Life Superheroes

Here's an article about the tiny (but growing) subculture of Real Life Superheroes (or Reals, as they seem to call themselves).

I certainly think its a terrible idea to dress up in a costume and try to patrol your city. The article does mention the potential for violence, and certainly The League is a lover, not a fighter. And as good-natured as I think it is to dress up and head down to the homeless shelter to help out, do you need a superhero outfit to do that?

Well, honestly, it sounds like it worked out for the guy in the article when he uses his time to read to kids. But, let's be realistic... you don't need a super suit to help people.

Let me be perfectly clear: I think its a good idea to wear clothes if you want to go out and help the public. Otherwise, you're looking at some jail time. Ask Randy.

I don't honestly know what to make of the Reals. Part of me thinks its really cool, but I'm also aware of the potential for this get really bad, really fast. So in what capacity, if any, is there room for Real costumed do-gooders?

6 comments:

Steanso said...

I think Peter Pan syndrome is sweeping through this country like an epidemic.

Randy said...

Thank god I have a good lawyer.

The League said...

"I think Peter Pan syndrome is sweeping through this country like an epidemic."

I'm not going to argue that point. I think you see it in movies like "Juno". We're living longer and staying healthier. Hanging onto youthful ideas/ ideals seems a logical extension of not having kids immediately at age 19 as our grandparent's generation once did.

And I can see this as an extreme example. I also see it as people who want to "help" but who have a load of misdirected energy and want to help on their own terms, not just writing a check, for example.

That said, there are certainly thrill-seekers in the bunch if you read the article.

Steanso said...

And let me clarify- there's nothing wrong with fantasy and sci fi and comic books and movies and all of that good stuff, but this stuff just smacks of people who can't handle reality, so they're trying to impose fantasy on it (in its place). And in that direction madness lies...

The League said...

Oh, yeah. That is why I want to stop short of support for The Reals and just highlight my curiosity about the phenomenon.

Dug said...

They should recruit this kid, he seems born for it: 11-year-old braves fire, saves six from bus