Want to Get Away?

drmanhattanfromtrailer            Anyone see the movie ‘Watchmen’? I thought it was a great treatment of the ‘what if superheroes were real’ premise. The film was better than most at shedding light on how these real people handled the trials of their everyday lives while balancing their vigilante duties. The most compelling character and the only one with serious super powers was Dr. Manhattan, a naked blue skinned Adonis who sported the symbol of a hydrogen atom on his forehead. He burned it into his skin using his finger when prompted to adopt a symbol for brand recognition. Apparently, marketing is important even for superheroes.

I’ve noticed that most beings endowed with super powers labor under feelings of being different and it really hampers their social interactions. Spiderman has trouble relating to the opposite sex, Superman is always afraid of revealing his abilities and Rogue from X-men can’t even have anyone touch her skin for fear of extracting their life-force. That’ll put a damper on anyone’s love life. As if those kinds of inner struggles aren’t enough, Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen is tricked into believing that proximity to him causes people to develop cancer. In the midst of a press conference he learns of the deaths of former friends and colleagues but the big shocker is when his ex-wife enters the studio who is obviously suffering from the effects of chemotherapy. She’s not happy and does not hold our hero blameless. Normally unemotional, he expresses regret and claims that he didn’t know. She creates a scene on camera and incites a feeding frenzy by the press. Reporters surround him shoving their microphones in his face which shakes his Zen like composure. He politely asks them to please go away and leave him alone. They impolitely decline. And that’s when he sheds any remaining Zen control and shouts, “I said leave me alone.”It was a darker version of Southwest Airlines’‘want to get away’ commercials.

The next scene takes place on Mars where Dr. Manhattan revels in the absence of humanity. Even though he himself was human he struggles to understand them. He admits to himself that he’s tired of being caught up in the tangle of other people’s lives. I think there are times when all of us can relate to that feeling. Complicated human interaction can put demands on us that can seem overwhelming. Man caves, for example, are all about escaping that tangle. But after a period of time we seek out human contact again. It’s in our natures. We are social animals that suffer ill effects after a prolonged absence of others. Several scientific studies have shown that prolonged isolation will degrade the human mind and have negative effects on our physical health. We should always remember to celebrate even those whose company we may not always enjoy because having people in our lives is healthy for us.

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