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  •  Obviously it's not a direct gun violence thing. (2+ / 0-)
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    GenXangster, Silvia Nightshade

    But here's a summary. The poignant bit being that Jeong-Jeong is 'gifted' with this awesome talent of control over fire and he hates it. Aang needs to learn it, but he has no idea how to control it and hurts Katara.

    On the one hand, it doesn't directly speak to the issue, but on the other hand, it speaks to the broader issue that power freely available doesn't make things better if people don't know how to use and control it.

    •  Now I remember another episode (1+ / 0-)
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      I half-watched with her. It was about water-bending and the two boys were being taught by their father and they were controlling and terrifying wolves and it was upsetting one of the boys who was more good-natured than his brother and his father. She laughed at my commentary, "That guy's an asshole! OMG-STAHP!!!! What the hell is he teaching these kids?! Is there an Avatar social services? This guy is unfit to be a parent!"

      Of course she knows I'm pretending to be a lot more aloof than I really am. That's why she laughs. I guess it's my way of reinforcing the lesson since she makes me watch it. It's not a bad show at all. I can see why a lot of adults are into it.

      And I'm glad I watched it with her because I understand the allegory now. Like folklore, it teaches a lesson by telling a story.

      The fire-bending episode you linked has a great lesson within it as well so it's a good tool in this case. Thanks again! :-)

      "It's not enough to acknowledge privilege. You have to resist." -soothsayer

      by GenXangster on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 05:34:29 AM PST

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