posted on Aug, 30 2007 @ 01:43 PM
Superman is most certainly a hero and he is a hero, in part, because he is an "alien".
They say that 'character makes the man'. Man or Alien, Kal-El came from a family that exemplified 'character' on their Homeworld, Krypton. The
family patriarch, Jor El was a leading scientist and stateman who vehemently tried to save their planet and culture from destruction. When faced with
failure, he sought what was best for their planet's species by sending his 'only-begotten' son into Space, hopefully to land on the third planet of
a star-system that was centered by a yellow sun. A situation, it would appear, that would bring 'god-like' powers to his offspring.
On Earth, the alien child was raised, as their own, by the Kent family. Stoic Midwestern farmers, basic human and "American" values were instilled
into the young "Clark Kent". A young man / alien who had come to know and incorporate philosophical values of decency, fair play, truth, justice
and the 'American Way'. Truly, a being that had principle and, above all, that intangible personal element we call "character".
Placing his own comfort, personal life, safety and even existence at risk. Superman has time and time again exemplified what it means to be "human"
even if that sense of humanity comes from an Alien showing his dedication to his adopted world and the to the society that he swears to protect.
Superman has character that transcends species and surely, we can surmise, as Kal-El, he would have been would have been just as vital and dynamic a
figure on his home world as he had become on Earth. The super-powers would really have made no differnce but the force of his philosophical, ethical
make up as well as his sense of dedication, self-sacrifice and principals surely would have.