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A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT – SUPERMAN: PEACE ON EARTH
December 24, 2014 By Steve Eyre
A few years ago my grown up children knowing how much I loved Christmas and knowing how much I loved Dickens gave me a first edition of A Christmas Carol. Although it is a story that everyone should read at this time of year, as a person raised to be generous and philanthropic, I found it hard to identify with the miser Scrooge.
When I read Superman: Peace on Earth, however, I felt a definite affinity with the plight of the Man of Steel.
This treasury edition from DC in 1999 is based on a story by Paul Dini and illustrated by the incomparable Alex Ross.
The story is narrated in the first person by the Man of Steel himself, retelling his origin and then taking us thru his Christmas Story. It starts with him erecting the Christmas Tree in Metropolis and helping the sick and unfortunate of that snow shrouded city. It soon becomes a global tale as Superman collects Americas surplus food and distributes it to the hungry around the world.
Yet this is much more than Superman playing Santa at Christmas. It’s a darker, more heart rending tale which nevertheless ends on an optimistic note.
He soon realises that his help at best only offers a temporary respite and in his own words,
“I now see that taking on this responsibility was too ambitious for one man, even a Superman.”
He realises all one person can ever do is set an example.
He makes a statement to the world which ends with the words;
“I ask everyone to share what they have with those who need it. Their knowledge, their time, their generosity. Especially with the young, for on them rests our future and all hope of true peace on Earth.”
At this time of year, this story of a gifted man, sent by his father from a distant place to selflessly help humanity and ultimately realising that he can’t save them himself, but only show them the way, has particular resonance. The last page of the story shows Clark Kent patiently and gently showing poor children how to sow seeds with the words;
“I tell them not every seed will make it , but all of them deserve the chance to grow.”
It was reading this, at this time last year that prompted me, for the first time in my life to spend Christmas Day away from the bosom of my family and spend the day at a local hostel providing food, shelter and clothing for the homeless. As a wealthy man it is easy for me to give generously from the comfort of my home but spending such a special time away from my children and grandchildren was tough but it was simply the most rewarding experiences of my life.
In terms of humility and perspective it changed me, and for the better.
The moral of the tale is a simple one but one which we find so hard to heed; it is that, in the overall scheme of things, none of us, no matter how rich or powerful we imagine ourselves to be, can make much of a difference but if we all do our bit, maybe with Godspeed, we can all get where we need to be.
S J Eyre President
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