“I am Spiderman. I have really messed up.” The power of a hero’s admission of failure

I am trying to have some patience with persons who believe heroes should never admit or own up to their failures or wrong choices. I believe such persons are primarily the reasons many who would have become true heroes end up in infamy. Weren’t such persons the owners of the louder voices among those who set the emperor without clothes on the path to perdition? Can we fully quantify the collective impact of their destructive contributions in societies across the globe?

I have just finished reviewing Spiderman, Far from Home. No other line captures, for me, the beauty and essence of the Spiderman character in Far from Home than this: “I am Spiderman. I have really messed up.”

He did not pass the buck. Neither did he amplify the evil genius of Quinton Beck. And he did not blame others but himself. He accepted responsibility for his wrong judgement calls, and moved to rectify the damage. Of course, he succeeded because the entire architecture for handling the threat of Quinton Beck, was built on the right foundation.

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