Author’s Note: The adorable duck face photo gave me this idea… but it is really shitty and I’m not very proud of it. But hey, it is slightly entertaining (at least it was entertaining to me as I wrote it) and I got to go through gorgeous photos of Stephen Amell in the process so I won’t complain. Enjoy…
It started with one selfie.
A selfie that was meant to be funny, with her sporting a duck face and him attempting one as well. But then he changed his mind right before she snapped the photo, shifting from a failed duck face to a look of part stoicism and part confusion. “Oliver!”
“, , , factories have closed, people travel by car instead of buses, use YouTube rather than the cinema. But these shifts alone fail to explain the speed of our social collapse. These structural changes have been accompanied by a life-denying ideology, which enforces and celebrates our social isolation. The war of every man against every man – competition and individualism, in other words – is the religion of our time, justified by a mythology of lone rangers, sole traders, self-starters, self-made men and women, going it alone. For the most social of creatures, who cannot prosper without love, there is no such thing as society, only heroic individualism. What counts is to win. The rest is collateral damage.”
The thing I love about the korrasami vacation ending (besides the representation) is that it ties really well into the overall theme someone pointed out that korra was the chosen one who had to find herself as a person. (opposite of aang as a person having to find himself as the chosen one).
In book 1 you have korra as this fierce but sheltered girl who wants to be the hero but doesn’t understand the full extent of being the avatar. She learns about her role in peace and equality in a complicated, grey situation and complex city.
In book 2 she’s got airbending now and she’s a full-fledged POWERFUL bender but she has to learn about the spiritual-side of things, the history and meaning of being avatar. Raava, Wan, spirits and the spirit world really open her mind. She learns a lot of wisdom and patience and her inner light.
Book 3 returns to themes about Korra’s place as the avatar in the (new, changing, shifting) world. After nearly failing to hold up as avatar against these new forces, she loses her confidence AND her identity as avatar after a really horrific experience.
Book 4 Korra finds BALANCE because she regains what she lost in book 3: her confidence, hope, enthusiasm and identity as avatar. She learned something about her compassion and resiliency and sees herself as a powerful, positive, influential role again. And she’s genuinely excited to rebuild RC and help the earth kingdom. But she FINALLY sees herself as a person first. Like any other 21 year old, all she wants now is to explore a magical place with someone dear to her. Like for ONCE she’s not obsessed about being the best, proving herself, saving the world. She just wants to kick back, have fun and see these awe-inspiring places with Asami and maybe fall in love. And shes happy :)
Please fire me. My newest co-worker is a twenty-eight year old chain smoking mother of four who does “baby talk”. She insists on acting like my manager, and every time she tells me what to do, she says “Otayyy?” at the end.