Can we talk about Batman?

I think the longest face-to-face conversation I had this weekend was with a 4-year-old. At one point she asked, “Can we talk about Batman?” And I said, “I love to talk about Batman.” Then she said, “What I want to know is why is he always helping people in trouble?”

I said, “Because one time when he was a little boy, he was in trouble and nobody helped him. So he decided always to help people who are in trouble.”

She kind of nodded. I don’t know that I’d ever thought of Batman’s story as a lesson in altruism before.