*spoilers for korra if you haven’t watched it*
*which you should go do right now if you haven’t*
*you uncultured swine*
So, can we take a moment to think about the fact that if it wasn’t for the bad guys, Korra may have never grown as much as she had?
Just humor me for a sec.
Korra was able to unlock her airbending powers from her wanting-ness to protect her loved ones (Mako, in this instance). But if it wasn;t for the fact that Amon “took” her bending, and forced her into this situation, she wouldn’t have discovered this need and have been able to airbend.
Then there’s the fact that Unalaq convinced her to open the portals. In doing so, she was able to bring back the airnation from the brink of extinction. He severed her connection the the past avatars, yes, but she was able to meet the first avatar and truly connect to Raava inside her.
The Red Lotus caused the most damage to her, putting her into a wheelchair. But she was able to embrace her true self and become humbled.
Not to mention that her almost-death caused her to become really close to Asami. And give us korrasami. because korrasami is life. Korra even mentioned that all the crap she went through caused her to understand others (like Kovira) better, and become a better avatar.
So, should we thank the bad guys? Sure, Korra may have come to all these conclusions eventually, but the bad guys really helped her learn quicker. Does this mean that all the shit and crap we deal with really has an overall good impact in our lives? Make us stronger and more understanding people?
Maybe, maybe not. My head hurts