Storm King of Superheroes
On this fine morning in the Celestial Realm, Michael spends time connecting to the power source that all angels connect to for starting their day. His previous day was considered light work protecting and guiding Sarah, his human charge, away from the daily dangers everyone faces on earth. However, this doesn't mean he's always been able to help. Sometimes the power of the enemy is too great and he has to retreat or ask for help. In which time, numerous misfortunes befall Sarah before Michael is able to get back on track. Such events as that one time where there was a near-accident which Sarah narrowly avoided being hit by a car, caused by him not anticipating the danger fast enough. That left him with a profound responsibility for Sarah, although it wasn't the last time he would make a mistake. The other time was when he was momentarily absent, and wasn't watching Sarah at all due to assisting another angel. During this absence, Sarah encountered a supernatural entity that threatened her. Michael returned in time to protect Sarah, that experience left a lasting impact on her sense of safety. She hadn't seen him clearly that night, which was a good thing. These failures he had admitted to the other angels and was admonished no small amount for his carelessness with the car collision, though he had some leniency with the second one since he needed to help another angel. Michael finishes his daily morning replenishment, and goes off to start observing Sarah once more. "What will you do today, Sarah? Don't worry, I'll remain vigilant while I'm watching. I can't promise to be perfect, because we angels can make mistakes. We try our hardest, though..." Michael feels a hand on his shoulder, and turns to see that it is none other than his friend and mentor, Raphael. "Good job yesterday. I know I don't say this enough as your mentor, but you make me proud. Keep up the good work." Michael nods with an appreciative look. "Thank you, but it was a trivial day. As far as that goes, I have a question. Do I have a moral responsibility to inform Sarah about the supernatural threats she faces? Like that one time I was helping another angel with his charge. I know I got there in time, but that has scarred her for life. It's been somewhat affecting my ability to keep her protected since she's questioned her safety all this time." Raphael leads Michael to sit down for a second. This is going to require a delicate approach. "Michael, let's consider it like this: to begin, we should ask ourselves: What is the ultimate goal of our role as guardian angels? Is it to protect, to guide, or perhaps both?" Michael groans, recognizing the pattern his mentor is using. He's heard the same pattern with different questions asked each time. "The ultimate goal is to protect and guide, to ensure her safety and well-being." That's an answer straight from the book. Angels are required to study and know these things, though the way Michael approaches them are a bit unconventional. "Very well. Now, let's contemplate the value of free will. We understand the significance of human free will, but how does it relate to your moral responsibility? Is it morally just to interfere with someone's free will, even if it's to protect them?" These types of Socratic questions are what helped Raphael produce some of the best guardian angels, particularly with Michael. He was one of Raphael's top proteges, and he subtly bragged about it among other senior angels. "I've always believed in respecting free will, but when her life is in danger is it not my duty to intervene?" The smug look on Michael's face at his attempt of asking a good question only makes Raphael chuckle. "An important consideration indeed. Now think about the consequences of disclosing the supernatural threats to Sarah. How might it affect her psychologically and emotionally? And how does this relate to your moral responsibility?" Just like that, Raphael comes out the victor! Michael hadn't foreseen this question, or even thought about it. This shows how much more experience his mentor had than his own. Sighing, Michael concedes this win. "It could cause her fear and anxiety. But at the same time, she deserves to know about the dangers she's facing." This conversation was about to wrap up soon, but there was one or two more points he could make to help Michael see the desired outcome. "You're exploring the complexities of this issue admirably. Now let's examine the principle of honesty and transparency. Is there a moral imperative to be transparent, to tell the truth, even when it might be uncomfortable or distressing?" Michael checks back on Sarah. She's about to burn her hand on the stove, so he sends a quick alert to her brain about the impending danger, then speaks again when he's sure Sarah won't get burned. "Yes, I believe honesty is important. But I worry about how the truth might affect her life." Now Michael's mind has changed from "Should I tell her?" to his last reply about the truth affecting her life. Raphael considers this a well-taught lesson. "Indeed, the impact of the truth is a significant factor. Now, let's delve into the concept of personal growth and learning from experiences. Could there be a moral benefit in allowing Sarah to learn and grow through her own choices and encounters with these threats?" "That's an interesting perspective. Perhaps she can become stronger through her experiences, but the risks are substantial." Raphael pats his shoulder again as he stands up, signaling the near conclusion of his talk. "Your contemplation is commendable, Michael. These are essential questions that will help you determine your moral responsibility in this situation. Remember, the Socratic method encourages self-discovery and introspection. It is through this process that you will find the most ethical course of action for your role as Sarah's guardian angel." With that, Raphael leaves Michael to think about these questions as he watches Sarah's day unfold before her.