Today is national Spider-man Day, celebrating 58 years of the amazing, spectacular wall-crawler. First appearing in Amazing Fantasy 15, August 1962, everyone’s neighborhood friendly Spider-man has since become an international icon.
“With great power, there must also come great responsibility.” More than anything, the years of Spider-man material have served to remind us of the characters great motto. A variation of the promise that “to whom much is given, much is demanded.” That we are responsible for how we live our lives. What we do with what we are given. How we improve the world around us. And how we care for those around us.
That we have a responsibility that extends beyond ourselves. And in this current environment, I cannot think of a better reminder for us. A reminder that we have all been entrusted with some amount of power. And it is our responsibility to wield it well. That it is in our power to protect our neighbor, to help prevent the spread of this virus. And we have the responsibility to do so. That we have the power to make others’ lives better during this crisis. The power to help provide meals, provide aid, provide support, provide an ear. And we have the responsibility to do so.
That we have the power to be kind, and we have a responsibility to do so.
There’s a meme that goes around that says “always be yourself, unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.” Let’s change that. Batman is a little extreme, and potentially a little psychotic depending on the writer. Spider-man is a lot more balanced and teaches us a more valuable lesson.
Let’s be Spider-man.
Excelsior, true believers!