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September 7, 2013 / Dale Melchin

Man of Steel: Jor-El and Kryptonian society

Jor-El and Lara were in a thoughtful but silent (unless you were their neighbors when they were conceiving Kal-El) rebellion against the stagnation of Krypton.  Krypton had long forsaken sex as the means of reproduction.  Instead, they started using cloning tanks and storing the genetic material of their society in the Genesis Chamber.  They evidently wanted to make the process more “efficient”.  As you can see Krypton was already starting to walk back down the path of eugenics.

Instead, Jor-El and Lara took a different path by conceiving Kal-El.  The Intention was to shake off the shackles of statism.  The Intention was to give the Kryptonians hope, and creativity beyond the Matrix it had created of systematized societal control.

The Problem is we are headed in their direction.  I’m not against government, I just don’t want it directing everything in the name of efficiency.  It sucks the life out of everything and interferes with the natural course of things.

We need to get back to the roots of creativity, continuous improvement, resourcefulness and liberty if we are to avoid becoming the statist morass that Krypton became.  While we should be scientific in our approach, we must remember that we need both science and creativity to thrive.  If we don’t, In a thousand years or so some silent (maybe) set of rebels may end up sending their son to some young race to be a superhero.

Question:  What do you think of this element of the Man of Steel film?  Are we headed in the direction of Krypton?  How do you think we could prevent it?  Do you have a different take on it all together?  Please leave your comment below.


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