Originally Posted by hopefuldreamer
It's like JK had zero faith in the human race, and that's what he spent most of Clark's childhood trying to instill in him - don't ever be yourself Clark, because people aren't ready and won't be able to handle it.
I think you're missing the point of JK. He was a country father who had an alien boy with ridiculous powers crash into his farm and he raised him. He just didn't know when the right time would be to let his secret go, probably fearing like any father that he would lose his boy (the same way an adoptive parent really doesn't want their boy to go looking for their real parents because of the potential rejection and diminishing of their relationship).
He was scared, but he did raise him with strong values, values that people were worth standing by. I think Costner's performance was spot on. That look he gave just before his death, he acted the s*** out of that.