Beneath Batman’s Cape: Finding the Hero in All of Us
He Follows a Code
Batman, for all his law-abiding acumen, shirks certain rules. He rarely follows the speed limit, for example. He’s been known to engage in assault and battery. And it’s doubtful he ever got a permit for most of the stuff in his utility belt. But in many ways, Batman follows an internal code of conduct as rigid as any of Gotham’s municipal ordinances: He never uses a gun (though it’d make things easier). He never kills anyone (even if it would seem they deserve it). And he always protects those who need protecting—even at the risk of his own life. How much do we follow our own codes and calling? Do we sometimes vow to do one thing, and then find ourselves doing something else? Do we break the promises we’ve made to ourselves or God if they become inconvenient? To follow a code means to embrace it with all of our being—even when our being wants to do something else.