Things I’ve Learned from The Legend of Korra
I swear, there should be a blog dedicated to this. The end of the season just made me feel like there were a lot of missed opportunities and a bit of moral dissonance. I mean, I enjoyed the ride, but the destination kind of sucks…
….the actual fuck?
Does no one watching this series know about history?
Okay, so let’s break this down nice and easy:
Bending = wealth
We never really see a lot to do with money in the Avatar universe, so we’ll put aside the “BUT WHAT ABOUT ACTUAL RICH VS POOR?!?!” argument.
So what we have here is this thing called SOCIALISM. (the extreme, which is what the Equalists fall under, is called COMMUNISM or MARXISM) It’s basic argument is that wealth should be evenly distributed between rich and poor, so everyone is basically the same. It looks really good on paper, but the execution of it normally sucks hardcore because people are greedy bastards.
This is the same as bending vs. non-bending. Now, for CENTURIES it’s been benders and non-benders, just like for CENTURIES there have been rich and poor. However, when one person starts shouting about how unfair it is that some people are rich and don’t care to help feed the people who are poor and starving, others might join in. And now, when one person starts shouting that it’s not fair that benders can use their abilities to bully others, gain power and wealth through their abilities in fields like electricity generation and sewage cleaning (I’m assuming, waterbending would be helpful for that), while non-benders have to work at menial, trade jobs… well, naturally some people are going to join in.
It’s a fight for equality, and finding natural balance between your wealth and your neighbor’s—be it money or bending.
Airbending = religion
It’s well-known that Airbenders are the most spiritual of all the benders. So much so that everyone who achieves enlightenment can Airbend. (where else did the acolytes come from on the island? They’re trying to become Airbenders, so Tenzin doesn’t have to keep producing more babies)
Just as when our world began to move into a more advanced technological age and began to lose touch with religion, so does Korra. She prizes the here and now. She’s very much a woman of her time.
People value instant action over meditation to a thorough plan. People largely do not practice religion as thoroughly as they used to. They don’t value tradition. Is it right? No. But it happens.
Sacrifice for naught = real life
Sorry you had to find out this way, but the bad guys are truly bad. You’re going to sacrifice a lot in your life, and most of it is going to give you absolutely nothing in return.
How many good people died trying to save their Jewish friends and neighbors during the Holocaust? A lot. How many of those Jewish friends and neighbors survived the camps? A much smaller number than those who went in.
Hey, at least no one died in the finale. Lin and Tenzin’s families were captured, but they lived. And the Airbenders weren’t even eliminated.
Mako is kind of a jerk
But they’re all hormonal teenagers. His behavior is inexcusable, but I don’t doubt that there will be some sort of repercussion in season 2.
Since when has Bolin ever gotten a lot of screen time?
Bolin hasn’t complained about his lot. I won’t be surprised if he gets some Angry Ranting Time in season 2, but gosh he seems to have accepted things. He and Korra even talked about it, and she apologized! Wow! Maturity? In MY television? Well, it certainly doesn’t happen in my fandoms…