image by Gary Frank

I think Clark’s “Superman” persona is an expression of his “honesty”.

Sure, he COULD pretend to be JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, but he needs an outlet for coming to grips with the fact that he ISN’T.

He acutely hears screams, car accidents, and the like. As a reporter, and from traveling around the world, he understands the extent of human suffering very well (especially with his x-ray vision.)

When his heart goes out to people, he KNOWS he can do more about it than most people around him.
…and at his base, he can’t go on pretending otherwise.