Why aren't we all superheroes?

Inspired by a recent viewing of Unbreakable and a really frustrating e-mail exchange in which intention and meaning passed like ships in the night comes a complaining rant from the pen of your author: “I thought this bright new future was supposed to be one where we were all super-heroes. I don’t want to be a side-kick. I’ve never wanted to be a side-kick – I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to prove I’m good enough to be a super-hero of my own! If the choice is side-kick or super-villian, I know which road I’d take… At least people take super-villains seriously…”