IS POWER ALWAYS A DESIRABLE THING? THE WATCHMEN

Since the beginning of time...

Humans have competed, for 'POWER!'

But can an entity ever have something such as "Too much power?"

Would one want really powers like Dr. Manhattan?

Dr. Manhattan's god-like abilities led me to wonder would anyone actually want to have powers like him.

Dr. Manhattan pondering about his existence.
Dr. Manhattan's powers

Yes he is an immortal blue being that has the power to arrange and rearrange atoms, teleport through space, and view all of time at once. Sounds cool, doesn't it?

Strip displaying Dr. Manhattan's power
Would we chose power?

But as you come to think about it, he is no longer human but a mere phenomenon that retains some human characteristics such as emotions. Even though he may have the ability to see things he doesn't actually have total control over them. Or as he puts it, "we're all puppets, Laurie. I'm just a puppet who can see things"

Images of comic strips showing Dr. Manhattan's response towards his powers

The question of having 'god-like' powers is a lot like the philosophical one about whether humans would actually want to be immortal. His power makes him extremely nonchalant and ignorant to the value of human life, the very purpose of life seems to vanish, and in such a situation, would we still assume his power to be desirable? I doubt. Given a choice, I believe Dr. Manhattan would have much rather been Jon Osterman.

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Credits:

Created with images by Monoar - "clock wall clock watch" • Tim Green aka atoach - "Power" • Desha - "chain iron steel" • ADD - "sunset afterglow landscape" • xegxef - "light lamp electricity" • wilhei - "electricity voltage light" • real.heightz - "Thank You"

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