What are your powers?

If you were a superhero, what would your powers be?

I posted that to Facebook, just to see what people would say. Some responses were unsurprising: speed, agility, flight. One person said skepticism and another wanted the Lasso of Truth – not quite the same, but both represent a power over BS.

My brother-in-law said, “Telepathy is also intriguing, but I fear that would cause too many moral dilemmas.” That makes me think of Fawaz: a superhero combines powers with “as ethical responsibility to use one’s powers in service to a wider community.” Supervillains use superpowers for personal gain. There are exceptions though. Batman does what he does for his own purposes. Jessica Jones sometimes seems on the fence about social responsibility, like she’d rather not have to deal with the world’s BS.

I put the same question to Twitter. Todd Conaway claims the power of speed, but his true power is that he’s #ds106 #4life. Ronald_2008, another member of the #4life crew, wants flight and flames. Our own Katelyn would like to read minds – no fear of moral dilemmas here. Laura Seward wants the power of influence, although as a teacher and a mom she probably has it already. And Rachel B wants to be the G.O.A.T.

I always wanted the power of mind control, because it seemed like fun. Then I heard about Dr. Bees (YT) and wanted the power of bee control. It occurs to me, however, that these are the powers of villains rather than heroes. Maybe I need to keep a low profile around the superheroes.

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