Even heroes have the right to bleed

Can a superhero be human? What if you saw the human side of someone you admired, would that change your perception of them?  Look at the lyrics of “Superman (It’s not Easy)” by Five For Fighting

“I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
I’m just out to find
The better part of me

I’m more than a bird…I’m more than a plane
More than some pretty face beside a train
It’s not easy to be me

Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home I’ll never see

It may sound absurd…but don’t be naive
Even Heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed…but won’t you concede
Even Heroes have the right to dream
It’s not easy to be me

Up, up and away…away from me
It’s all right…You can all sleep sound tonight
I’m not crazy…or anything…

I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
Men weren’t meant to ride
With clouds between their knees

I’m only a man in a silly red sheet
Digging for kryptonite on this one way street
Only a man in a funny red sheet
Looking for special things inside of me

It’s not easy to be me.”

The lyrics appear to describe Superman more as a human and less as a superhero.  He wants to cry, fall upon his knees, he dreams, he wants to find the better part of himself.  Think of all the people you hold in high regard, or have put on a pedestal, what fears do they have? What dreams?  You see the public side of that person, like Superman, but you don’t see the private side.  The side dealing with fears, the side holding onto a particular dream.  If you saw that side of the person what would your reaction be?  Would you consider it a sign of weakness? Would you still hold them in such high regard?  Too many times we put someone on a pedestal because of their strength or appearance of it, and once a weakness appears society is quick to rip them down, tear them apart.  Is showing a human side of oneself such a terrible thing?

“Even heroes have the right to dream”

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One comment on “Even heroes have the right to bleed
  1. Stormy says:

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is wonderful blog. A great read. I will certainly be back.

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