Thoughts on “The Spiderman Paradox”

In one of Seth’s recent posts, he talked about the famous Uncle Ben saying, “With great power, comes great responsibility,” and how rather than embracing their power, people end up repressing it in fear of the responsibility that goes with it.

Once again that theme of fear as the great inhibitor comes up. We’re afraid to stand out, afraid to make a change, afraid to challenge the status quo, because to do any of those things is to become vulnerable. By making a choice to be different we open ourselves up to scrutiny and to blame if things don’t work out the way we hoped. Or perhaps even more frightening, if things might turn out exactly as we hoped, then we are expected to take on more responsibility with a proportionately increased expectation to succeed. Win or lose, action comes with that burden, all we need to do is accept it. Fortunately, I think taking responsibility for one’s own actions is almost universally respected (which kinda makes me think about certain groups/ individuals who I have little respect for who want all the power and none of the responsibility). And to refuse that responsibility is to give in to powerlessness and inaction, at which point you are basically a vegetable. But even vegetables do as much as they can given their circumstance, so you’d actually be doing less than a vegetable. Think about that…



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