The Burden of Super Hearing
I open Twitter and see tweets from people in England, Australia, Scotland, Ireland, and all over the U.S. For a guy who grew up in a small town, and hasn’t lived more than three hours away from home, I’m surprisingly connected.
Well, not actually surprising. We’re all connected.
T.V., the internet, they’ve connected us to people all over the world. We can see and hear everything.
With that, though, comes a serious burden. We weren’t designed to carry the weight of disaster after disaster, coming at us post after post, news segment after news segment. We weren’t designed to carry the weight of the world’s suffering.
In a different way, Superman has this same problem. He has super hearing, which gives him the ability to hear cries for help from all around the world. This great ability is also a great burden. He hears their anguish and wants to help them all. But even with his super speed and super strength, he can’t.
He may be Superman, but he’s not God.
What he has to do, then, is focus. He focuses on a particular cry and helps that person. Focuses on another, then helps them. Focuses on another, then helps them.
It sounds callous, but he ignores cries for help. If he wants to save anyone, he has to.
And we do to. Our super hearing gives us the ability to hear tragedies all over the world. And if we’re going to do any good, we have to focus. Shut off the news, ignore social media for a bit, and focus on helping someone.
Not everyone, just one. Not every cause, just one. Then move on to the next one.
We can’t help them all; we’re not God.
We’re not even Superman.