Existence is worthless, […] and nihilism is … the unavoidable corollary of the realist conviction that there is a mind-independent reality, which, despite the presumptions of human narcissism, is indifferent to our existence and oblivious to the ‘values’ and ‘meanings’ which we drape over it in order to make it more hospitable.
The disenchantment of the world deserves to be celebrated as an achievement of intellectual maturity, not bewailed as a debilitating impoverishment.
Ray Brassier, Nihil Unbound
If you were afraid to read [Scott Lobdell’s writing advice on ComicSurvivalKit], what he basically says is that when writing a character, you don’t try to see the world through the character’s eyes. How can you do that?! You don’t know what it’s like to be Superman so it’s too hard to write Superman that way! But you do know what it was like to be who you were! So the best way to write Superman is turn him into yourself! It works really well! Because now Superman’s childhood of being raised by two loving parents that taught him how to stand up for truth and to be giving and selfless and caring doesn’t have anything to do with the man he became. No, now the only thing that matters is that Superman’s home that he never even fucking knew was destroyed and he’s a big sad boy that never got to play Kryptonian football with the other kids. He’s flying around with survivor’s guilt! And now he’s just Batman in a cape because he’s not saving the world because he was taught responsibility and empathy and kindness by Ma and Pa. No, now he just wants to keep another world from experiencing the pain and injustice that Krypton experienced. Now you have a character that isn’t Superman because Scott Lobdell wasn’t trying to write from Superman’s point of view. Instead, he manipulated Superman to act through Lobdell’s point of view. And that’s why the series sucked.
Eee! Tess Ate Chai Tea, Grandmaster Comic Book Reader and, probably, Scott Lobdell’s arch-nemesis (You can still be a nemesis even if the other person doesn’t know you exist!)