I have the powerrrrrrrr!
When I was a young scamp, I loved me some Saturday morning cartoons. Without a care in the world or a understanding of how awesome sleep is, I would wake up early to sit mindlessly in front of our very boxy, very retro television. For hours. From Adventures of Gummi Bears and Bravestarr to Transformers and Thundercats, those Saturdays were both formative and carefree.
But, photon laser to my head, I was a He-Man and The Masters of the Universe kid. I had the action figures, I had Castle Grayskull, I had He Man’s sword, and I had a very intense, confusing crush on She-Ra, He-Man’s scantily clad twin sister. Sadly, that crush came to a screeching halt when the real life, scantily clad She-Ra spelled my name “Brain” on a comic book during a photo-op after the live action Masters of the Universe film in 1987.
But, I digress.
Like so many superheroes, He-Man is really an alter ego of the very Scandinavian- inspired Prince Adam. When Adam needed to transform into He-Man to defend Castle Grayskull from the nefarious Skeletor, all he needed to do was lift his sword triumphantly and yell, “By the power of Grayskull, I have the power!” Clearly, he would have been a total frat bro.
But he’s right. He has the power to choose when and how he reacts to threats, haters, and villains. I mean he can’t sit idly by while his home planet, Eternia, is overrun by Evil-Lyn and Beast Man. On the other hand, he’s not going to proclaim the power and then binge Fraggle Rock reruns over an iced latte.
Every once in a while, I come across the “other side” of Edu Twitter. The side that includes long, winding, vitriol filled threads bashing educators as hacks, charlatans, and frauds. The side that wonders aloud, “if you need a book to tell you to connect with kids, you might want to choose a new profession!” The side whose righteous indignation emboldens its base in an echo chamber of faux superiority and very transparent envy.
The side I, nor readers of this blog, simply don’t understand.
Like He-Man, we all have the power. We have the power to lift each other up, revel in each other’s success, invite each other into our worlds, support each other in times of need, hug each other IRL, and RT the bajeezus out of each other.
The constant in that list is each other. Whether we’re convening at Castle Grayskull or on Voxer, we have the power to decide how to interact with each other. We can raise our swords against each other or in support of each other.
What will you do with your power?