It’d be easy to wonder if Bruce Wayne’s path was predetermined—whether the pain in his life pushed him into his rather unusual pastime. Is it possible that Batman’s just a product of his own traumas and tragedies, his predilections and psychoses? In God on the Streets of Gotham, author Paul Asay acknowledges that the Dark Knight is partly driven what happened in his past. But at the same time, Batman chooses his way—just as we all do. He decides to follow his own special calling—just as we call can. Bruce Wayne’s suffering could’ve turned him into the self-absorbed playboy, a self-pitying basketcase or a self-serving villain. But it didn’t. Bruce Wayne chose to be a hero instead. And that choice is open to all of us.
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