Yesterday is superman’s kryptonite. Superman is a superhero from the marvel studios, who has an array of superpowers that he uses for the good of mankind. There are, however, two sides to argue from regarding his course in upholding humanity and the consequences of the actions he takes.
Superman will shoot through buildings in pursuit of villains that are after humans so he can rid the world of these sinister beings. His wars and exploits, however, leave a trail of infrastructural damage and at times, collateral damage. The question though is, should he refrain from using his abilities and super talents and let villains take over the world, or should he do what he does best and forget about the damage?
All this pegs down to moral and emotional responsibility to others as much as it applies to oneself. Yesterday is superman’s kryptonite. Kryptonite is the only thing that can defeat this superhero. Nearness to it weakens his superpowers and leaves him exposed to those who wish him dead. As the phrase goes: time is the enemy to the hero within. Dwelling on ‘what if(s)’, the ‘ I wish I did’, the past and what is already done is the death of the hero in each of us.
Acceptance, though is the key to unlocking a world of future possibilities. The past should be left in the past. What happened at that time is part of what shapes the now which is crucial in our steps to the future; it’s a chain of actions, consequences and choices.
Yesterday is superman’s kryptonite. A look into what happened should only be that: a look and nothing more. This is because the past has lots of faults, holes and kryptonites that can poke and sink you into the abyss of self-blame and castigation. This is because no matter how well you did something, you’ll always find faults.
Time is an enemy if a man fails to see through its facade, smoke screens and masks. Time can be an illusion as well as a resource for change: it all boils down to differentiating between the two.
By Githinji Kiiru