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So I’ve been catching up on “Young Justice” and am going through the first season now. Overall the show is really great, I’m enjoying it, but there was one thing in it that irked me quite considerably.
It’s about that episode whatsitsname with Dr Fate.
Don’t get me wrong - just because I’m about to rant my butt off on this doesn’t mean I like the show any less, but I wanna hear more opinions on this topic.
To me it felt like the whole point of that episode was to bash the local skeptic. Wally kept being almost literally pushed around by the others for not believing something can be magical or supernatural. Why? That’s never really explained.
I don’t mind some magic and overall spirituality in my fiction. Hell, fantasy is my favourite of all genres! But there’s a reason it’s called fiction. Yes, I’m one of those skeptics who think like Wally, which is possibly why I got angry why watching that.
But let’s pause and consider implications. Teens are watching this - they’re watching superheroes, and come on, which of us didn’t have a superhero as a role model?
Now we have this episode where a superhero is being bashed for critical thinking, and no one will convince me that their remarks were something else. They just accepted that some things they cannot explain and seemed perfectly happy to accept the supernatural as an explanation. But isn’t that the exact opposite - closing your mind to the real explanation? You cannot find an answer until you ask the proper questions. And saying “it’s magic” stops you from asking questions, and opens you up to a lot of unscientific claims like gods, talking to the dead and leprechauns.
These kids work using cutting-edge tech, are connected to a satellite, one of them has superspeed given to him by science, one is a CLONE, and they work under an android. You’d think they’d know better.
Maybe I’m reading too deep into this. Maybe the kids really won’t act like that?
What are the chances of that?
Pehaps I’m taking this personally because I’m a skeptic. Becuse I come from the country that had Copernicus, who figured out it’s us moving around the sun and not the other way around. We didn’t get our cellphones without experimenting. We didn’t go to the moon without asking the proper questions and doing painstaking research. Without critical thinking we wouldn’t have stopped smallpox.
You can’t raise your kid to be the next Einstein if you tell them that “magic man done it”.