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Superman is 80 years old this year and he is a character that is still popular with mass audiences. There are many reasons behind the character’s longevity but chief among them is the myth of the messiah, the hero who sacrifices himself in order to return and bring new hope.

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Superman is the man-god come to earth to save humanity with super strength, speed, X-Ray vision and flight. The character is often mocked or deemed old-fashioned compared with darker heroes such as Batman, Deadpool and Wolverine. Yet Superman is a character who persists and it is not just because of his visual appeal.

Superman has been read in many contexts, as a Jewish hero, an immigrant, a corporate man and the epitome of the American monomyth. The American monomyth is described by cultural critic and historian Richard Slotkin as a hero who comes into civilisation and regenerates a morally corrupt society with violence.
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Do you love Superman? What lessons have you learned from him?
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Superman could rule the world with an iron fist if he wanted to. Nonetheless, the best Superman stories I know show that the character is a paragon of humility. He doesn’t use his gifts to make others feel small and worthless; he uses them to show people how to make the best of themselves. This is why I love the character!
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I have learned that despite all his powers, Superman just can’t save everyone. If he let the weight of all those he was unable to save consume him, it would crush him. The only way he can keep himself sane is to resign himself to the fact that there will be some things he cannot change, while still doing his best to make all the positive contributions he can.
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I see Superman as a representation of a push against society’s expectations, so should you constantly strive to be more than what others expect of you, including yourself. Push yourself to try new experiences and learn constantly. Even if this means getting into a new sport or genre of music. Never let yourself be defined by other people’s expectations.
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Superman is not only the leader of the Justice League but he’s also the positive role model from which the other heroes of the DC universe take their lead. There are many who will look to you for leadership in your life and career, from your colleagues to your kids, so you should always strive to be better.
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Corrupt leaders and lousy bosses will always exist and Superman has drawn his line in the sand and never crosses it. He teaches me to never succumbed to lies or manipulation or other factors that may have me breaking a personal and professional morale code of conduct.
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He knows his weak spots which is basically, Kryptonite. You’re not going to see Superman embrace Kryptonite, but instead, he find ways to work around it.
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You have more talent and gifts than you realize. You possess all of the resources to lead an extraordinary life. Accept the gifts, and use them to serve.
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I love Superman because of what he symbolizes. He stands as a beacon of hope in a world filled with hate. He helps people aspire to be a better version of themselves.
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My favorite thing about Superman is that his enemies usually find a way to exploit the weakness in his powers, but they can never find a crack in his humanity. He defeats his foes not with the strength from Krypton, but with the values from Earth.
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I love Superman because of his integrity. Imagine having all that power and still not using that power for any corruption? If only superman can live in the lives of the powerful men and women in our world.
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Become a respected and feared competitor. Both are equally important. Have the respect of your peers, but be sure that they are aware that you are playing to win every time!
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Even superman has a weakness. When things are tough, know that you can find strength to overcome your weakness. When things are good, remain humble by reminding yourself that you have a weakness, just like superman.
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Superman, very much loved as he is, still has an enemy. However, he continues to be firm on his beliefs and stick to his principles. In life, when we are head to head with our enemy, we should continue to be ourselves and not be someone else just so we can defeat our enemy.
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