Now, they have descended into the shrunken last city of Krypton, Kandor, to participate in a mysterious ceremony with all of the Kandorians.
It begins with the reading from a mysterious Book of Deeds, and tells of how, thousands of years ago, the peaceful Kryptonians had been invaded by the warlike Vrangs.
(Kinds of sounds like a day in the life of a US taxpayer enslaved by Congress, regulations, and Presidential orders-by-fiat.)
Finally, after years -- YEARS -- of this, one man stands up for his basic rights of liberty and self-determination. As you might have guessed from the beginning of this narration from the Book of Deeds, his name is Val-Lor. He speaks the feelings of all enslaved people to his oppressors: "I hate you and I wish you were dead!"
As you would expect, the Vrangs deal harshly with this upstart.
As the ceremony honoring Val-Lor draws to its end, it's up to Superman and Supergirl to go back to their friends and explain their actions on this day of "total truth." That will be covered on our next instalment.
First, I want to think again about the (fictional, I grant you) story of Val-Lor and how his truthtelling inspired his fellows. Krypton became free again! And all because one man stood up and told the truth -- that slavery is wrong.
Now, you can read all sorts of allegories into this tale. Certainly the "standing for truth" angle is applicable to nearly all human struggles.
However, we Earthlings don't have it as simple. We don't have the luxury of fending off an invading alien race. No, our oppressions come from each other. And sometimes we are both oppressed and oppressor.
Sermon over. Let's get out there and tell the truth, ameliorated by kindness!
The rest of this story on Friday.