Superman is the greatest superhero ever. Full stop.
Besides fighting for truth, justice and the American way, (where are you now, Superman, we really need you) he had the right idea about something that he probably doesn’t get a lot of credit for.
I’m speaking, of course, about the Fortress of Solitude.
Sure, it looked awfully cold in there. But there’s a warmth to solitude.
When Kal El would retreat to his fortress of solitude, it was invariably a way for him to find himself. To understand better who he was and from where he came. It helped him to shape the decisions he would make and chart a path that always seemed to be for the most noble of causes even if there were unintended consequences.
And yet, he was quite misunderstood. An outcast of epic proportion.
From the outside looking in, he was never really meant to be integrated into the society he crash landed on.
He knew it. He understood it. And he tried to find his way in spite of it.
What if Superman’s greatest power had nothing to do with his physical strength, his ability to be faster than a speeding bullet or leap tall buildings in a single bound?
What if his greatest power was his ability to look inward and seek to find answers from his past so that he could be better for the world that really wasn’t ready to accept him?
What if his greatest power was to recognize that solitude affords us that opportunity. And that all of us have the capacity to achieve that. Even if it brings us to a state of discomfort that renders us vulnerable.
What if vulnerability is a super power?
What if solitude is our pathway?
Being alone does not mean being lonely. Being alone is a place we must accept. We must seek our fortress of solitude so that we may access our greatest superpower;
Such is the lesson of Solitude.