Superman and Batman model different ways of viewing the world. Seth Godin explains in his post: Superman, Batman and Worldviews.
Batman comes to the world angry. His origin story is filled with vengeance and revenge, and in his iconic (non Adam West) backstory, he is the merciless enforcer of right and wrong. Batman-types see the world as a zero sum game, and battles are either won or lost.
Superman, on the other hand, comes to our world with his gifts and sees his life as an opportunity and an obligation, one that he embraces. Superman could easily kill all the bad guys in a heartbeat, but he never does. For him, every challenge is an opportunity for healing. He believes in redemption and finds pleasure in using his gifts to help others.
Do you typically wear Batman glasses or Superman glasses?
Do you see the world as a zero-sum game or as an opportunity? Keep that question in the back of your mind as you watch this video:
Did you catch that? The title of the study out of Stanford is: “Awe Expands People’s Perception of Time, Alters Decision Making, and Enhances Well-Being.” As Christians, we must add that experiencing awe should make us want to worship as well. David knew this when he wrote Psalm 8: “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. You have set your glory above the heavens.”
In the incredible cynicism of our age, perhaps meditating on the beauty of creation is a helpful antidote for the Batman syndrome.