Superman, who has long stood for “truth, justice, and the American way” has decided that in order to be better able to respond to global issues, that he needed to renounce his U.S. citizenship.
After participating in a peaceful non-violent demonstration in Tehran, Iran, one of the President’s national security advisors was angered at the diplomatic problems that Superman had caused. From the Iranian perspective Superman was viewed as an agent of the U.S. government and thus his appearance in Iran was viewed as an act of war.
Superman acknowledges that it was foolish on his part to think that his actions would not reflect politically on the American government. He decided to respond to this problem by renouncing his U.S. citizenship at the United Nations for all the world to know.
Superman commented that “Truth, Justice, and the American Way, is not enough anymore” to be able to deal with global justice issues.
Rumors began to circulate that Superman was concerned that Donald Trump might soon be asking to see his birth certificate, or that he might be charged as an illegal alien. Others speculated that his viewing Sam Keen’s Global Justice presentation coupled with the experience in Iran led him to the conclusion that his U.S. identity was getting in the way of solving global problems.
Comics Alliance reports, “It doesn't seem that he's abandoning those values, however, only trying to implement them on a larger scale and divorce himself from the political complexities of nationalism. Superman also says that he believes he has been thinking "too small," that the world is "too connected" for him to limit himself with a purely national identity. As an alien born on another planet, after all, he "can't help but see the bigger picture."”
Issues such as nuclear disarmament, peace, human rights, international justice, and protection of the environment, are issues that need global cooperation. Global issues require all citizens of the world. like Superman, to evolve their thinking. Like Superman, we might all benefit if we stop thinking so small, by seeing the global connections, and the bigger picture that we are one planet, one people. As one human family we might all do better focusing on our oneness more than our differences.
Former U.N. Under-Secretary General Anwurl Chowdhury echoed a similar theme in his recent visit to Tampa Bay, Florida, where he commented on the need for Global Oneness to solve Global problems. Ambassador Chowdhury's comment
U.S. citizens need not renounce their citizenship to take a more global world view or to see the big picture. They can in fact encourage their government to do the same through stronger support of the United Nations and/or joining groups such as the United Nations Association USA, Friends of the U.N., or supporting the Global Healing Initiative.
Together we can make a super effort for a more just and sustainable planet.