‘Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.’ -Abraham Lincoln
Thomas Hobbes, an early logician, argued that mankind can be compared to ‘wolves’ and that mankind is also in a natural, constant state of conflict; a struggle for supremacy. In today’s demanding and detached world every single individual is somehow or the other working to fulfil his/her personal motives; to feed a family, to buy a house of their dreams, to earn fame and respect or to reach the top of social ladder.
Power is a major driving force which is leading man to his own devolvement. Power, in its absolute form, is known to be corrupting and strangely it corrupts the meek and good-natured faster than anyone else, given half a chance. With the slightest hint of authority, before too long, even the purest and nicest of people turn to autocracy and with their pride swells up to reach a state of utter misconduct.
Until a higher authority, someone like a superhero, with immense power and strength comes to our rescue there seems little hope. We, at Hansraj Dramatics Society, aim to portray a ‘superhero’ that is not selfless like the ones our popular cultures knows of. In contrast to Superman or Batman, the superhero that we wish to create is a direct metaphor for power that uses his powers for his personal advances. All of us fit perfectly in this very model, as we have a power over someone and we enjoy exercising control over them.
Through our street play we wish to make our audience think that power over anything or anyone should not be misused and we ourselves have an authority over our pride and strength. Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.
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