Superman Is Simply Tired

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Superman on TV in the 1950's began with a call for Truth, Justice and the American Way. We understood truth. We had learned George Washington never told a lie. Maybe we might fib a little but lie was a big thing and not to be treated lightly. If caught lying a punishment was expected and accepted.

 

Justice was less clear. We understood that treating people equally, fairly and expecting others to treat us the same was the goal. Still injustice was evident in many ways. Was it just that my brothers and I had to be home by nine when some of our friends could stay out later? Johnny got an A and I got a B+ in English but I knew I studied more. It just didn't seem fair at 12 years old. I really liked Cathy but Danny asked her out first so I was left out. These were the minor acts seen as injustice when we were young. Later years saw promotions and pay raises we thought we deserved going to others. We realized that some people had more than us, more money, bigger houses, newer cars and the list goes on. These were some of what we perceived as injustices. Realizing there are those who were much better off than us wasn't just seen as an injustice but it made some of us angry, very angry. When injustice relating to ethnicity, race, religion, etc occurred those were different. We needed to stand up and speak out but many times we didn't. Perhaps we react stronger when it's personal, me first. That's not justice that selfishness.

 

I don't know that I can define the American Way. I am reminded of the decision by the US Supreme Court on pornography. The ruling went something like this, we can't define it but we know it when we see it. That's how the American Way is perceived by me. We are willing to help others to defend people who have lost their home or country. We believe in helping others, a decent job, middle class and that our children should be able to pick up where their parents left off and more, much more. We certainly haven't lived up to this as a country at times. For us as individuals we believe in freedom, certain rights and privileges. One of these is the right to vote which is the most neglected right by us as individuals.

 

Have we lost our way, our American way? A Harry Chapin song has words to the effect, "they gave me their morality, then changed the rules they set for me." If so then I reject much of that change, the new rules. We need a common perception of the American Way. We all look out for number one but that shouldn't prevent us from helping others. We have our opinions but that shouldn't stop us from listening to others and maybe learning or teaching something. Public education has been a part of America from the early colonial period. Why now do we search for alternatives rather than fixing it where needed. Why do we accept elected leaders who support large corporations and the rich to the detriment of the majority. We allow the haves to blame the have-nots. If we had more ambition we could get better jobs. If we ate better and exercised we would be healthier and not need health insurance. Really, what part of those words is the American way? We used to believe in ourselves, were willing to help others, believed that our government worked to make life better for all. We believed in the underdog. That's the American way not millionaires and billionaires increasing their wealth and power at the expense of the majority.

 

The American way places a trust in the majority to act to help us all. The best way to insure that is at the ballot box by voting and electing the best people. The ballot box is our superperson who is only working 50% of the time. I guess superman is simply tired.

Comments

Utpal Patel Added Jun 14, 2017 - 9:07am
This article is troubling to me on many levels.  First, most of your examples of “injustice” are anything but.  For example, studying more than someone else does not mean you should get a better grade.  Liking a girl but not having the balls to ask her out is a lesson in being bold. 
 
So with these examples of “injustice” as your foundation, it doesn’t surprise me when you said “The American way places a trust in the majority to act to help us all.”  The American way is for individuals to provide for themselves.  Only a small minority of the population should expect the majority to help and that help could easily come from charities and not the state. 
 
For whatever it’s worth it pleases me that only 50% of the population votes.  If they did, it would dilute the importance of my vote and yours. 
Phil's Personal Perspectives Added Jun 14, 2017 - 10:10am
Thank you for your comment.  However you and I apparently come from two totally different perspectives.  I do not believe we could ever agree.
George N Romey Added Jun 14, 2017 - 12:27pm
Phil I believe prior to the 1980s being ordinary was valued.  Starting in the 1980s it all became about the one with the most money, material things and the most willing to screw over his fellow man to enrich himself.  Just think about how television changed in the 1980s to glorify the rich and the born privileged.  America was the great experiment that was void of a King and Queen and official royalty.  Today generational royalty as we see in the UK for centuries in the US has now been compromised of Hollywood stars, hedge fund managers, corporate CEOs etc.  The ordinary man has been shoved into loser status.
 
In the 1960s we laughed at characters like Thurston Howell the Third.  Twenty years later we wanted to be him.
wsucram15 Added Jun 14, 2017 - 12:38pm
"We used to believe in ourselves, were willing to help others, believed that our government worked to make life better for all. We believed in the underdog. That's the American way not millionaires and billionaires ." 
Im afraid this WAS the American way, in fact, it used to be the platform for the GOP.  However it has been corrupted now and people along with it on promises that are false.  Such as a way to provide for yourself.
It is sad people have lost faith in our system, but I doubt that will be the outcome in the 2018 elections or the 2020 elections. People are really angry.  I have never seen anything like it except 9/11.   I was just messaged today in fact, and the explosion I saw from both sides was phenomenal.   This isnt argument over a politician anymore...not even close.  Its almost overwhelming and I have seen it in person. 
Something has to significantly change..to keep peace, which I would prefer.  But I see someone who likes to stir the divide, as long as that happens, so will all the drama.
Phil's Personal Perspectives Added Jun 14, 2017 - 1:38pm
George & wsucram,  I can't explain why society has and is constantly changing.  Some changes are for the better even though the changes are objected to even resented by some.  Other changes are simply wrong in my opinion.  We have allowed our country to drift into a two class, possibly three, society.  Irrespective of one's status on the economic scale or political persuasion this direction is incorrect.  It can and must be changed.  If we all recognize what truly matters for our lives and that of others, a correction can be made.  I personally believe that many people still value what I refer to as the American way.  We have allowed ourselves to be overcome with daily living; both parents working, house payments, car payments, credit cards, etc.  these aren't unnecessary but have taken control of our lives.  It may be slow and somewhat painful but we can make it better.  The option is we accept that we have changed permanently which I won't accept.  We can demand more of ourselves and friends and maybe even our leaders.
wsucram15 Added Jun 14, 2017 - 2:00pm
The people that appreciate those values, I mean really..have no control and as I said are extremely angry (on both sides).  We must demand more of our leaders and to do so demand more of ourselves and communities.  Period.
George N Romey Added Jun 14, 2017 - 2:14pm
Phil I think our country is at a breaking point.  We were sold a bill of goods in the 1980s and 1990s that said if we trusted corporations and large financial institutions they'd take our society to new heights (remember the commercials on television from back then.)
 
Hopefully this will force people back into appreciating the belief in community, one another and wary of anything big and powerful, including big government.  I don't know what will get us there, I fear it won't be pretty.
wsucram15 Added Jun 14, 2017 - 2:51pm
Touche' George..
Patrick Writes Added Jun 14, 2017 - 3:43pm
First off, interesting post. It got me thinking. Most puzzling line for me: 
 
"Public education has been a part of America from the early colonial period. Why now do we search for alternatives rather than fixing it where needed."
 
There's an old saying: You can't fight city hall.
 
Education used to be a local and state concern. You could go to your PTA meeting and talk about issues. Now the federal government has to have its tentacles in it. Obama wanted to force every school in the country to allow boys and girls to use each other's bathrooms. (Why not recommend new schools put in a "handicapped", single stall, lockable bathroom that transgender kids can use if they want.)
 
I know for a fact there are probably millions of excellent public schools across the U.S.A. But if you're stuck in the district of a really bad one that wants to go heavy on the sex ed to young children, stress to kids they are "evolved monkeys"--which I don't believe anyway, teach to the lowest common denominator, no discipline, you have really two choices. Move, or withdraw from the public school system and go private religious school or charter school. 
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Jun 14, 2017 - 11:33pm
This article is troubling to me on many levels.  First, most importantly, it's not about Superman, which is very confusing given the title of the article. Second it should be about justice not injustice. Superman was a member of the Justice League, not some "injustice league". Finally, Superman isn't tired, he did die in his last film appearance, but relax, he'll be back and just as strong and awake as ever. 
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Jun 15, 2017 - 10:57pm
 BTW my comment above was a joke making fun of the stupid ass comment from Patel. Although upon reflection his comments were so dumb they were actually more hilarious if taken seriously. 
Phil's Personal Perspectives Added Jun 15, 2017 - 11:57pm
I did not find his comment to have much relavence to the article.  I always look for constructive comments that can clarify issues and lead to some on going dialogue.
Thanks for taking the time to read the article and the clarification on your comment.
Dino Manalis Added Jun 17, 2017 - 12:46pm
We need good role models to inspire us and it starts with good parents and teachers who prepare children for life and work!  We need other good role models as well!
Phil's Personal Perspectives Added Jun 17, 2017 - 4:25pm
Dino,  we probably agree on what you wrote.  I believe that I was fortunate to have good parents, some good teachers, some truly unforgettable people in various setting among others.  I know some people are not so fortunate for numerous reasons.  Honestly I am not smart enough to know how to correct this.
 
I do not know how many writers/readers there are on Writerbeat.  My few written thoughts certainly don't generate a large following but others do.  If people, yourself included, take the time to think and create various articles, there has to be some significant brain power out there.  My question is how do we get people to come up with possible solutions?  We may not agree or even like some ideas, but we need to try.  I or others can acknowledge what we see as problems.  Writerbeat should have enough people to come up with suggestions based on facts and not feelings.  Maybe your blog can generate that type of response.
 
thanks for your thoughts.
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Jun 17, 2017 - 8:02pm
The best solution for public schools is a return to the way things use to be when American was among the best in education in the world. This is not complicated, nor should it be a controversial idea. Bring back the arts, gym, home education, shop class, and carrier planning. Make teachers be teachers and mentors again and not prison guards as they are now. Get the cops outside of the schools to guard them, not inside acting as goon thugs. Bring back corporal punishment as needed. Get parents involved on equal terms, not treated as enemy outsiders like now. Bring back a successful model to achieve success today. It's not that hard an idea to grasp. Teachers and parents will become role models once they are allowed to resume their original roles instead of being a part of the current draconian police state failure. 
Phil's Personal Perspectives Added Jun 17, 2017 - 11:34pm
Jennifer,  I agree that the old reading, writing & arithmetic worked well.  That is the system through most of my school days.  I had a mother and father at home who were involved and in fact actually knew some of the teachers.  I had a father-in- law who taught school and was an elementary school principal at the time he retired.  This was in the south during school integration.  I am not a teacher but recall some of his complaints.  One problem was children with un-involved parents or single parents, often a female.  There are various social problems but for now so what?  How do we get parents, single or otherwise to be involved parents or create a system to help working parents, poor or otherwise; to be involved with their children and school?
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Jun 18, 2017 - 4:53pm
I see it as a problem of several things. Lack of discipline (in the parents), social media and internet addiction (everyone), and some legitimate schedule concerns based on a poor work-life balance.
 
There is no excuse for the first problem. Simply better planning, growing a conscious and learning to actually begin caring about one's kids and family is basically all that is required here. Far too many parents are just selfish today and only care about their own immediate pleasure. They harm their children now and, by their horrible example, harm their kids children by passing on their tradition of the terrible. 
 
Similarly the second problem is fairly simple to solve. Get your ass off the internet, parents and kids alike. Develop some family time and not where everyone is together but all isolated doing their own thing via the TV or internet. Make time for family dinners and quality time at and away from the home. If you are not in it to be a family, don't make one. 
 
Solving either or both of these first two problems creates the time and incentive for parents to get involved with their kids. More often than not these are the problems preventing parents from getting involved, problems that shouldn't be problems at all and can be fairly easy to fix. 
 
As for the last problem, some of it is difficult to remedy. Single parents who don't have the skills to find decent single job employment in a time slot where they can get involved with their children. Job training to help them improve their employment situation helped my father who became a single parent to me and my brother when we lost my mom (I was nine at the time). He was able to get his act together and was involved there for us in no time. If my father could do it for us why can't others?
 
Why do I see two parent families with little kids on the bus approaching 11pm on a school night? These are parents who just don't care about their children and have zero discipline or interest in ever helping improve their kids futures. There really is no fix for these types, which is why it's a shame just any useless idiot can become a parent. 
 
In my own situation I planned for the future since I was a teenager. I got a good education in the public schools despite the totalitarian stripped school system but won't subject my own kids to it as it exists today. I have a good job that allows me to work from home and as such also homeschool my children. I also have a great husband who is a wonderful father to our children. It would be difficult for us to be more involved or dedicated to our kid's futures. If other parents just made half the effort we have the world would be a better place. 
 
The government needs to do little beyond investing in the schools themselves again. Too much has been cut from schools and replaced with metal detectors and associated prison mentality treatment that has further poisoned what is supposed to be a place for education not punishment. Get the garbage out and bring what we need back. Townships make excuses of not having the money, but probably half of the money could be found by removing the prison equipment and staff. The rest by returning to fair taxation of the wealthy (FAIR as per the 1980's, not the treasonous virtually no taxation for the wealthy today). We have to decide as a society which is more important, coddling and worshiping the lazy, greedy, no account, worthless rich. Or investing in our children's futures. Again, the answer is going back to the way it use to be, back to basics and a return to some social ethics and morality which has been lost in the persist of today's false "gods" (greed and selfishness).
Phil's Personal Perspectives Added Jun 18, 2017 - 5:36pm
Well you certainly weren't holding back and you are basically correct.  Changing the social structure as we know it today, the economy, the electronic baby sitters, the me first attitude so many of us have neglects the needs of children and family.  I need to give some thought to steps which I think might help.  The more immediate effort does require public sector involvement.  Pre- shool and after school programs would help.  Time is a legitimate obstacle for some people.  I currently reside in what is referred to as a red state.  Education and education programs don't receive enough or in some areas any funding.  Electing people to school boards, local and state offices is difficult when people vote, if they vote, against their own self interest. The idea that government is the problem and lower taxes is the solution is ludicrous at best.  Government may not be the solution but it has to be a part of it.  Where I currently live people would not support this idea.  How we get people to understand fixing a problem will require money but the long term advantage is beneficial and cost effective remains a problem.   I will try to come up with overall proposals but need to think about it.
Christian Peschken Added Jun 19, 2017 - 5:34pm
"The idea that government is the problem and lower taxes is the solution is ludicrous at best."
 
That passage sums up why our country is so divided. Rather than treat dissenting opinion respectfully, you label it ludicrous.
Phil's Personal Perspectives Added Jun 19, 2017 - 6:34pm
Christian,  If I stated that the issue was stupid, idiotic or dangerous, that might be dividing people.  Both my education and professional career provide me a basis to believe my opinion is correct.  You may object to the term ludicrous but after about twenty or more years hearing it is the problem, what is the solution?  Perhaps you would prefer me stating I strongly disagree since I indicated some of the actions the public sector should take.  Being divisive is more evident in your response.  Attack the person because you disagree with one adjective which I neither see as inflammatory or divisive.  If you could explain why government is the problem, as you seem to believe, then perhaps a logical discussion could follow.  Too many people don't want to address a problem but prefer to discredit the person.  I am not saying you but I believe that attitude is a detriment to a common sense dialogue even if we have differing opinions.  Regardless thanks for taking the time to read it and to comment.
Bill Caciene Added Jun 20, 2017 - 10:00am
What a coincidence.  I was going to tell you that my education and professional career provide me a basis to know (not “believe”) my opinion is correct. So it would appear I’m smarter than you.    
 
Christian didn’t attack you personally, he simply pointed out that describing your opponents views as “ludicrous” is not the way to have a healthy discussion.  
 
For the record, you're the one that went low first by uttering the first attack. Or would you not be offended if I described your views as “absurd (a synonym to ludicrous)”?
Phil's Personal Perspectives Added Jun 20, 2017 - 11:34am
You guys have your opinions and I have mind.  I do not consider the words ludicrous or absurd as inflamatory or divisive words in the English language nor "going low."  I am not sure how that phrase is defined.  Regardless the post was about my belief in our country.  You can consider me how you wish, but does anyone care to discuss the meaning of the post?  We all need to talk, discuss, argue whatever term is appropriate.  Otherwise being divided will continue to be the outcome.  Can we put our thesaurus away and discuss pro and con, for and against, yes and no, how we can engage in constructive ways to improve ourselves or help create a more civil dialogue in our country.  For future reference I will avoid the use of words such as ludicrous or absurd and use disagree only.  I am being serious with this statement.  Now can we simply discuss issues that will give us a better understanding?  There are many posts on writerbeat that deserve thoughtful responses and often have comments that I find don't actually respond to the post.
Christian Peschken Added Jun 21, 2017 - 7:33am
Ludicrous is thinking the country can continue to spend way more than it takes in via tax revenue and not thinking the shit will ever hit the fan. This ludicrous belief is the cornerstone of your/liberal political and economic philosophy.
Phil's Personal Perspectives Added Jun 21, 2017 - 2:13pm
You are incorrect and I strongly disagree.  I will also continue to read and listen to people with different views and opinions.  My only requirement is I expect all opinions to be based on fact and not "vulgar" statements without any supporting or opposing facts.
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Jun 21, 2017 - 11:24pm
Ludicrous is thinking that coddling the rich instead of making them pay their fair share in taxes to invest in schools and our children's futures is the only thing that matters. This is the cornerstone of ignorant conservative political and economic theory. It's also why our country has became an oligarchy 3rd world nation joke that continues to go down hill. Until we throw out the conservatives with their false god (that being the rich) worship we are doomed. And that is no joke. 
Phil's Personal Perspectives Added Jun 22, 2017 - 12:10am
Amen

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