Originally Posted by nogap87
Clark wasn't raised with any desire to "rise above humanity" or show off. He knows that he's blessed with incredible powers but since he's a genuinely good person (they do exist, believe it or not) with a decent upbringing, Clark creates the Superman persona so he can use his powers to help out his fellow man rather than keep them bottled up and benefit no one.
I think you misunderstood me. When I say he chooses to "rise above his humanity", I'm not inferring that he sees himself as something greater than us. I'm saying that he chooses not to be a prisoner of his own humanity. Each and every one of us have given into temptation.
I'm sure Clark doesn't necessarily enjoy serving mankind as it's unofficial protector, but he chooses to anyway. I'm sure he's tempted to lead a normal, private life like the rest of us. And no one would blame him for it. He could just as easily take his powers and go home. But he doesn't. Because more so than even Spiderman, he understands that "with great power, comes great responsibility".
If Clark were more bound by his humanity, and he had given in more easily to greed... the world would be without Superman.
Originally Posted by nogap87
If you were to give 10 people Superman's powers, at least 9 of them would be content with flying around and bench pressing heavy objects with no desire to rule over humanity. It's just that one guy who wants to mess it up for everyone else. Just my opinion.
You don't know that. We are all bound by our limitations. You don't go to work because you want to. You go to work because you have to, because you need money, so you can eat, so you can keep a roof over your head, so you can survive. If you had Superman's powers, who's to say you would still go to work every morning when you can literally have anything you want? Who would stop you? At that point, money serves no purpose because you could just easily take what you want by force without consequence.
And that's not to say you would be on the fast track to enslaving humanity, but eventually you might use your powers to your advantage and take matters into your own hands. I bet you you're not gonna work 40 hours a week for a measly paycheck. And with no money in your pocket you're gonna have to find a way to acquire food somehow. Eventually you're probably just gonna go out there and take what you need any way you could get it... because no one would be able to stop you. And once you cross that line there's no going back. You are now no longer bound by human law. You have willingly chosen to exist beyond the walls of human civilization. You are now above
Humanity would live in fear, not knowing your next move and what exactly you might be capable of next. One week it's robbing a grocery store. The next week you're robbing Best Buy for a flat screen TV. Where would you know to draw the line? At what point would you NOT use your powers to serve your own needs? The truth is you may never stop, because as human beings... we always want/need more. You need a new house, right? Where are you gonna live? Clearly you're not paying rent anymore. Maybe you need a new house? Who's gonna build it? How are you gonna pay them? You can't pay them, so you have to force them to do it. Now you are actually bending people to your will. Believe it or not, maybe you do
have the potential to enslave humanity.
Clark chooses to work. Clark chooses to exist among us. Clark chooses to use his powers to serve humanity. He's the 1 out of 10. Not Zod.