This is another thing he's noodling on, late at night at the Gale house. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qymrJSPkdyZUcj
... Since we came together as a team, we've faced a lot of adversaries. We've been attacked by people on a mission, people just looking to have fun at others' expense, people with a grudge. We've interacted with people who were greedy, selfish, well-intentioned, eye-opening. Superhumans. Aliens. Powerhouses, physically or economically. People willing to hurt, kill, or degrade to get what they want. But still people. People don't do things for no reason. The Lövheim cube of emotion is a model that maps feelings to neurotransmitters in the brain. It proposes eight basic emotional states. Shame or humiliation, distress, fear, anger, contempt or disgust, surprise or shock, joy, and interest or excitement. These simple elements form complex combinations and have powerful effects. From outside, it's easy to look at someone and think "oh yeah, they're just feeling X" and move on. But your own mind is your whole world, your universe. Strong feelings can dominate a person, sometimes for life. Mine certainly have tried. A mugging, an alien invasion, and an ambiguously worded email from your lover can all make you feel fear. It doesn't matter if the fear is justified or not. Perfectly sane people have phobias about perfectly harmless things. But if you have power, and you feel fear, you'll use that power to shield yourself from the danger, or to attack its source. Anger, disgust, and other emotions can provoke similar reactions. We use the power we have to protect ourselves. Sometimes we think - right or wrong - that we're morally justified in such action. But psychologists have demonstrated that moral reasoning can also arise from disgust - another emotion. I think a lot of people are afraid of us, disgusted by us, angry at us, maybe humiliated at the thought of us. I think some people feel joy or excitement about us - maybe the people whose lives we've saved, I'd like to think. But the ones with power, the ones who see us through those darker feelings, they're going to lash out. We could just fight them, but I hope there's another way. I think we can save lives - our own, the lives of innocents, and even those of supervillains and other foes. We do that by changing how they feel about us. That means listening, understanding, and helping if possible, no matter who you are. Do you hate us, or fear us? Come talk to us. Do you covet my modular tech, or Jason Quill's polymath expertise? Come tell us how you want to work with us. Do you think superheroes are bad? Warn us of what to avoid. We won't agree all the time, and that's to be expected. But let's try.