Re: RE: Why secret IDs? WAS Re: dr suess on the loose...
Sun, 6 Jun 1999 22:59:26 EDT

In a message dated 6/6/99 6:50:02 PM, you wrote:

>> >On something of a tangent, does anyone has any idea what the mythic
>> >justification for all the secret identities is? Why is it so
>> >important
>> >that nobody know that Clark Kent is Superman? Why is this such a
>> >universal feature of superhero myths?

Of course, it is an ideal: most heros have square jaws, good builds, superpowers and day jobs, and any man/woman who performs all this does it not for personal gain, but for the highest good. (Millionaire Bruce Wayne gets lots of press and he can afford insurance anyway) It is blatant altruism, a no-no on all the neo-objectivists daily to-do list. Plus it makes them above/beyond the law.