I was having lunch with my colleague at Ben's the other day. If you've ever been to Ben's you would know they've a stack of question cards on each table. It's a really fun game to play while you're waiting for your food. After going through a dozen questions, she then pulled out a card with the question:
Both of us looked at each other and said "good" like duhhh. "Who would use their superpowers for evil?" she asked. 'Yeah, that's crazy,' I thought to myself. But then I thought about it a bit more—hypothetically speaking, is it actually crazy or unthinkable for people to use their superpowers for evil?
We may not have the kind of powers that superheroes in comic books possess, but that certainly hasn't stopped the human race from doing remarkable things. In the course of human history, did we not build amazing infrastructures like the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal or the Burj Khalifa? Have we not found cures for countless of illnesses?
Aren't we the ones constantly producing art and literature that would shape the minds and tongues of future generations? Did a human being not invent a vehicle that sends people into outer space and even land on the moon?
So to say that we have no kind of power at all is perhaps a little modest on our part. But for every milestone that the human race have achieved, we've also experienced an equal measure of setbacks. The existence of wars, poverty, oppression and corruption is proof of that. These issues still exist even in places considered as 'first world countries' and are made possible by people who have the power to actually stop it.
By all means, whether you're the leader of a country or a stay-at-home mum, everyone has the power to make an impact in this world. After all, what is this world but one global community? What is a global community but a collection of societies? And what is a society but a body of individuals?
All of us however insignificant we think we are, are the building blocks of society. We make up this world. WE are responsible for the advancements or the drawbacks that society faces. Everyday we are presented with the opportunity to use our superpowers. We are given the chance to make a difference to someone's life.
ONE life is all you need to change. One person can affect hundreds if not thousands. In movies, doesn't it only take one villain to bring misery and destruction to the masses? In reality, it's no different. So everyday, choose good over evil. Use your 'superpowers' for good.