One of the greatest thrill killers ever invented is Kryptonite. You know, the little green rocks that make Superman a lot less super, a lot more man. But it’s not just Clark Kent. Everyone’s got their own kryptonite. Their own Achilles Heel. The thing that makes you less than you.
Generally speaking, when the bad guy whips out the kryptonite, it’s all over for the Big Blue Boy Scout. He’s done. He’s defenceless against it. He winds up just lying there, whimpering in pain, wanting it to end, wishing he could better resist it. Sometimes he makes some Herculean effort of will, and manages to overcome the pain and the degradation of it for long enough to shut down the bad guy and get rid of the kryptonite. But only for now. The next villain, or the one after that, or the one after that – they’ll have another dose for him to deal with, and the whole messy saga will repeat itself. Like so much about Superman, beating kryptonite is a never-ending battle.
You have, in your life, a thing that is your own personal kryptonite. We all do. Maybe it’s an addiction, a habit you just can’t quit. Maybe it’s an emotion, an activity, a belief, or even a person. A thing you know isn’t good for you, a thing that makes you fail at being the best you that you can be. Everyone’s got at least one kryptonite. And everyone faces it the best they can.
By its nature, your kryptonite isn’t something you can ever really fix, unless you’re very lucky indeed. Maybe the right combination of happy thoughts, counselling and whatever else it takes will cure you. But until then, you’ll be facing kryptonite the way that Superman does: on a case by case basis.
We know how Superman does it. But I got to wondering, how would his fellow Justice Leaguers handle their kryptonite? What powers and abilities would they bring to bear on it? How well would that work for them? And what could we learn from their example?
Next week: Beating Kryptonite like Green Lantern.