The beloved Superman from DC Comics is an example of the perfect superhero. He believes in what is right, and uses his super-abilities to enforce that belief. Superman always seems to make the best decision he can possibly make for the best of humanity, but a trait of his may skew his judgment. As described in this article from Time Magazine, the trolley dilemma conflicts with Superman in the sense that he would never kill an innocent human even if it would save Earth’s entire population. Of course we everyday humans do not have to make decisions concerning the planet’s population. However like the famous Superman, we, too, must differ between right in wrong with our overpowering senses of morality
There is no universal standard for right or wrong when speaking of morality. You may not have a problem with what your grandmother may think is immoral. This raises a good explanation of the differences in morality amongst society. Age groups may differ in their opinions of how risqué or how appropriate something is. An older woman may walk into today’s high schools and scowl at the level of skin showing on these young ladies. However, for high school students and teachers today, we have come to the conclusion as time went on from the fifties, the influence of TV and modern music made girls follow a trend of wearing revealing clothing. It is not an attempt to “stick it to the man,” but is simply just how society is advancing through time. Society may differ in the definition of what is moral and what is not due to age grouping, but what about the decisions that everyone can agree is either moral or not?
Someone may be moral but have the capacity to be immoral. Just because humanity can distinguish right from wrong does not mean everyone will do the right thing. Someone may rob a bank in order to provide food for their family. In this situation, someone is committing an immoral act, but with a good intention. So is this really immoral? It would not be wrong to say it falls into both the right and wrong categories. It was wrong to intimidate people into stealing money; however the motive for providing for loved ones is a very generous and moral deed
Whenever someone chooses to do the wrong thing, there may not be that lingering feeling of guilt in their conscience; however they will still be aware that they chose to do the morally wrong thing. People may not have to feel guilt because of morality, but we all grow up to learn what we should and should not do. In Superman’s case, he used the influence of his adoptive parents (The Kents) to develop a strong sense of morality and then enforced that sense with his inherited genes of super-strength.