philostofhere asked: SPOILER**(but I figure you've seen it all) So what'd you think of Zaheer "letting go" and becoming air and flying??
I think the words that I literally said aloud were “this bitch can FLY?”
But I think it was an incredibly awesome addition to the little repertoire of cool shit airbending can do! I am a little concerned though about what that says if someone like that — someone willing to use any means to achieve their ends — can reach the ultimate level of detachment/spiritual wholeness. I think his willingness to kill other human beings “for the sake of the world” plus his ability to FLY kind of destroys Aang’s whole arc of holding true to his airbending belief system… If Aang, perfect wouldn’t-hurt-a-fly-but-maybe-a-giant-bee angel baby, can’t achieve that, why is it that possibly well-meaning but seriously misled Zaheer can? It does make me wonder though if detachment is the only way of achieving it, and it doesn’t have anything to do with actual spiritual purity. And it makes me wonder how the general airbender population actually viewed guru Laghima. His teachings obviously hold some weight, but using Aang as reference to airbending culture, his ideas seem pretty radical in comparison, especially when you consider how appalled Aang was by the idea of detaching himself from Katara. Complete detachment doesn’t seem like an intrinsic air nomad spiritual goal when you think about it.
Now I’m babbling so I’ll summarize with my earlier “this bitch can FLY?”