Superhuman

One of my favorite ways to describe working at Darling has been to cite Themiscyra, or Wonder Woman's island.

I am filled with cheese, yes.

But while watching the film months back, it wasn't just seeing how strong, beautiful and supportive the Amazons were that reminded me of my own sort of heritage of confidence.

When Diana (Gal Gadot) translates enemy plans to gas Allied troops at the Western Front, she's astonished that the Supreme War Council won't go straight to the front to prevent the attack.

"You fight without honor!" she shouts, incredulous.

 Photo by Clay Enos - © 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC

Photo by Clay Enos - © 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC

That's the part that reminded me of my team. Honor above all. An acute sense and desire to distill truth to help the world.

It's a sort of naïveté isn't it? Idealism for justice, glory and the use of power? Maybe that's the only word we have as mortals we can think of in the face of super-heroism.

 Photo by Clay Enos - © 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC

Photo by Clay Enos - © 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC

I am hopeful that believing in something and doing something about it is just the tip of an iceberg we are all called to summit.

In Darling Issue 23, (the IMAGINATION issue) we explored the double-edged sword that is our imagination. It is either an open door to envision a brighter future, or we can become dragged down in anxiety.

Anxiety is an issue all too prevalent today, but I don't think we're done fighting if superheroes keep capturing our imaginations (and movie $) the way they do.

This was a fun story by Jaimie Li to illustrate for the spring 2018 issue.

Don't forget all of the power you, too, still possess.

Enjoy!

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