Since its earliest days, TV has been a mixed blessing at best. The old joke about five hundred channels and nothing to watch has some truth to it. When programs aren’t appealing to our basest instincts, or boring us with banality, they are often nothing more than propaganda for a liberal, secular worldview.
As his powers emerge, he is tempted to use them for personal gain, like being a football star or impressing the beautiful girl next door. Instead, he comes to understand that his "gifts" are tied to his true calling in life: to serve others through those gifts.
Where does he learn this? From his father. As Alex Wainer, who teaches film at Georgia State University, tells us, Clark’s father, Jonathan Kent, understands that "a superman unanchored by virtuous character" is something that should terrify us.
(Crossposted to smallville.)