Thursday, June 05, 2008

Other Worldly Beings: Incarnate Elementals (1)

Spider-Man (Marvel, Lee and Ditko, 1962 - ) swings from tall building to tall building to fight crime in New York City. As an Incarnate Air Elemental, he does it for the sheer joy of being lighter than air. Spider-Man enjoys dropping in on people when they least expect it and disappearing just as suddenly. He takes no one seriously, including himself. “I’m just your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man,” he quips.

In his ordinary life as Peter Parker, Spider-Man is unassuming and shy. Awkward on land as Parker, he applies his passion for life as a scientist unlocking the secrets of nature. Only when Parker is soaring through the air, does he come alive. The air is his element. The skyscrapers beckon him to go higher and higher in the sky.

In contrast, SpongeBob SquarePants (SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, Hillenburg, 1999- ) is an Incarnate Water Elemental. Cheerful and kind, he greets the world with, “Good morning world and all who inhabit it.” Then he tells his friend, Patrick, the starfish, “You’ll never guess what I found in my sock this morning! Go ahead, guess.” Life in his pineapple house under the sea is never dull.

A serious fry cook, SpongeBob has been the employee of the month at Krusty Krab for 371 times. Elsewhere, he wrecks chaos wherever he goes. Because of the havoc he creates learning to ‘drive’, Miss Puff, his boating instructor refuses, to grant him his license. Undeterred he continues on. Driving the Patty Wagon, a hamburger-like vehicle, SpongeBob tells Patrick, “You don’t need a license to drive a sandwich!”

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