Why the Homelander super hero really represents the US. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
Immoral. Vain. Self-serving. Self-indulgent. Adolescent. Angry. Violent. These words don't even come close to describing the madness of the Homelander super hero character of the web television series The Boys. , This popular series is about a group of enhanced human beings who abuse their abilities and terrify the world, under the guise of patriotism .
Homelander is not only the leader of the group, he also has the most powers and he is the most psychotic. When asked to do the right thing for the greater good of the group and the planet, he nixes anything that doesn't lead to his glorification. When asked to understand nuance in solving a problem, he instead takes a hammer and sees everything as a nail in a binary, "us vs. them" world. When asked to see his own contribution to a problem, he sees introspection as weakness and resorts to blaming others. He is a dangerous anti-hero with powers to destroy the planet.
I believe he best represents the US because he is reflective of elements on full display in the country today.
When asked to wear masks to keep ourselves and other people safe from COVID-19 and serve the greater good, US citizens decided that their own self interest in getting a beer at a bar without a mask was more important than the well-being of the whole. The result --- a runaway pandemic.
When asked to step up our responsibility in solving the climate change crisis, we withdraw from shared global leadership and instead blame other people and their actions as to why we've taken our ball and gone home.
It took constant murders of African-American citizens at the hands of the State for the US to finally see that there is real and verifiable systemic racism in our infrastructure. This moment may be different, but history shows a pattern of mia culpas, throw more money at the problem and maintain the status quo.
Maybe the whole "American exceptionalism" thing warped American understanding of global communities and the community member right across the street from us. Maybe material wealth twisted American clarity of what success truly is. Maybe US arrogance provided a false sense of being.
Whatever the case, Homelander seems to embody all of our sins and deliver them with a snide, greasy, sinister smile.
The good news is that it's not beyond our reach to dump the Homelander model, but it would take a level of re-imagining the way forward that would be above and beyond anything seen before in modern human history. It will take a different kind of people to get this job done. Maybe, just maybe, the days of super heros can be traded out for a future of visionary leadership.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org