Monthly Archives: June 2011

Social Ethics- How to make the best of it

Over the last few posts, we’ve discussed how to act in a socially heroic manner in regards not just to addressing the effects of social ills, such as crime, but also their causes.  The answer lies in being a superhero both politically and on the street.  Sometimes that means being a politician, and sometimes that means being a superhero.

Shown: Political Superhero

This naturally leads to the question: how do we make the greatest effect, where we are, given the resources we have?  This may be the greatest arguement for superheroes, or possibly the best arguement against them.  For example, let’s look at the ethics of being batman. Continue reading


Social Ethics- How to Act in a Socially Heroic Manner

Greetings, heroes!

Now that we’ve covered one example of fighting crime without fighting, I want to point to a hero who has cleared the way for socially conscious heroes past and present.  Back in the early 40s, DC comics came up with an idea for a hero who was a billionaire by day, had a teenaged sidekick, was summoned by a signal in the sky, and had a specialized car and airplane. The character even had an arch-villain who had a clown theme.  His name was Green Arrow.

Not who you were expecting?


Of course, it took DC editors about 30 seconds to remember they had a hero exactly like that.

minus the rockin' Van Dyke, of course

Realizing that they had two characters who were exactly the same, DC made a bold move in the late 1960s to separate the two characters.  They decided to make the Green Arrow socially conscious and a defender of the rights of the poor and the oppressed as well as a street-level fighter of evil. Continue reading

Social Ethics- How to Stop Violence…without Throwing a Punch

In the course of your heroic adventures, you may be forced to use violence.  That’s ok, after all, there are times and situations when violence is not only ethical, but necessary.

"A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone...unintentionally."- Oscar Wilde


We’ve written before about the necessity of violence in certain situations, but this doesn’t mean violence is a panacea, or a cure for all that ails society.  And there are situations where violence is certainly acceptable.   But to be a true hero, you will not only respond bravely to situations that call for violence, you will respond heroically to prevent violence when possible.

Believe it or not, this guy is a Mennonite


There are two ways you can stop violence without throwing a punch, and both of them are so effective they are changing the way the police in the United States opperate. Continue reading

Social Ethics-or how to punch poverty in the face!

As heroes, we are called to battle evil in all forms.  When we do this on an individual level, its pretty easy.  After all, when there’s a guy in black with superpowers holding up a bank, its easy enough to know that he needs to be stopped.

Not what you were expecting, eh?

But some problems go beyond individual actions.  For example, what if there was a law banning one race or gender from voting?  Or if only a few people were allowed to vote?  Or if hospitals were paid based on the number of visits, not the number of patents, so that patents were dismissed without proper care?  Or if they valued a gender only for its looks?

It's shocking how easy it is to find these

Since you, as a superhero, must fight evil in all its forms, it means you need to take on problems at both the individual level and at the societal level.  Continue reading

You Pick the Subject!

Greetings, heroes!

Hopefully by now there are plenty of topics to pique your interest and motivate you to ever more heroic deeds.  And believe me, we have plenty more where that came from.  Our top heroes are working around the clock to come up with the best superhero’s guide this world has ever seen!

We couldn't make him leave even if we wanted to....


We have plenty of great superhero posts coming up for your edification and entertainment, including:

-Why Batman could never kill the Joker

-Heroic definitions of justice

-Social ethics, or how to punch poverty in the face

-Superhero Religious ethics, or Holy Flying Capes!

-Heroic Prank Phone Calls:

Hello Commissioner Gordon. Is your toilet running?


And more!

However, we want your input, too.  After all, plenty of you heroes out there face challenges everyday.  We want to know what you’re dealing with and share our years of wisdom and heroic escapades.  What superhero subjects to you want to read about?  How can we help you be more heroic in your everyday lives?  Write in, true believers, and we’ll do our best to answer your questions!

Joining a Team- Putting your Connections to Heroic Use

Greetings Superheroes!

As we discussed in the last post, just being a part of a team increases your social capital, thus making you more likely to give to charity, trust another person, and act in an altruistic manner.  Thus, even a somewhat lame superhero can contribute as a member of the right team, even if they don’t do much.

Anyone need to talk to a fish? Anyone?

 But if just being a part of a team is heroic, just imagine how effective your actions can be!  Through our example of Wolverine, Continue reading