Why Don’t I Just Break Bones And Walk Away?

Anja Storm - Superhero at work

So you might be wondering why I didn’t just break the guy’s finger from last week and walk away. Look, if you’re not a superhero, you can do that. But I am. I’m in the guild. I’ve got the badge. The phone. I’m one of them. Walking away would be easier, but that doesn’t follow the code. Yes, that’s right. There’s a superhero code.

See, if word gets around that Anja Storm is going around breaking knuckles, then other people are gonna be thinking all superheroes are going around breaking bones too. Then the politicians will be under pressure to do something about us. The media will be in a frenzy. And people will be coming up with all kinds of bizarre stories about us. And that’s not cool.

Part of the superhero code is not just the code of honour you might expect, like doing what is morally right. Part of the code is also sticking to the law. And that means doing the right thing in terms of owning up to breaking bones, causing property damage, and whatever other incidences we’re involved in.

When we own up to these things, that sort of transparency creates trust for the public and the authorities. Even if they don’t like what we’re doing, at least we’re being honourable about it. And, if we do everything right, tick the right boxes, and file the right forms, we stand a better chance of staying in business.

The government is always on the brink of implementing laws to ban superhero work. And let’s face it, nobody really wants that. Not even them. But we’ve gotta do the right thing so that the not-so-bad guys seem to have everything under control, and the bad bad guys don’t succeed in their pressure to ban us.

Thought this wasn’t going to get political? Think again. Superhero work is political work. Politics and bureaucracy, with a side of making the world a better place.

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