So who the heck am I, anyway? No one particularly special to be sure, but, if you're curious, here's a little info...
My name is Darren Doyle. I was born in Texas, spent most of my formative years in northern California, and moved back to Texas in 1994 to pursue a bachelors of music in composition at UT Austin. After a couple of years of college sapped all my money (and any desire to do music professionally), I found myself out working in The "Real" World © ® ™.
I have had various IT and tech support jobs at places such as The LBJ Presidential Library, Apple Computer, Schlotzsky's, and even back at UT for a while. I have also been doing freelance graphic design and web consulting since 2000.
It was 10 stinkin' years before I managed to get back to UT to finish my degree. During my time back there I discovered a passion for LINGUISTICS! In December, 2008 I was graduated with a BA in Music, and a BA in Linguistics.
Currently, I am still living in the greater Austin area, doing graphic design and web programming full-time.
I digress. What I love about Superman, (a.k.a Clark Kent, a.k.a. Kal-El), is not so much the idea of all of his cool powers (which I do like) as much as his moral character. Here is a person that is so powerful that he could pretty much have anything he wanted - and no one would be able to stop him. Yet, he constantly and consistently puts the needs of others above himself. He is relentlessly mindful of the repercussions of his actions (as we should be). He is a reminder not only to do good, to pursue integrity, and to put the needs of others above our own, but that we must be unceasingly vigilant in doing so.
In this modern era of "heroes" that authors are struggling to make as realistic-seeming as possible, with tons of human frailties and foibles, I also think that Superman continues to be what I think the heroes of these new mythologies should be—examples of how we are supposed to be—of someone we should try and emulate. In our society we need more role models, especially male role models.
The truth is, we all have a lot more power than we think we do; the power to help those in need, the power to be good role models, parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, friends, etc... we also have the power to hurt, to lie, to cheat, to steal; the power to emotionally crush someone with just words. In short, whether we want it or not, we all have the power to drastically change the lives of the people around us every day - for the better, or for the worse. We must chose, day-by-day, minute-by-minute, what we are going to do with this awesome responsibility. Superman gives us a good example that we should all follow the writings of the Apostle Paul:
- "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong."
- ~ 1 Corinthians 16:13 ~