this is so messed up… like we know that at first, sozin just tried to set up colonies in the earth kingdom, that was his target and his plan. then when roku found out about this, they had their big argument and battle, breaking a lifelong friendship. this is when sozin fully turned against the avatar, but it wasn’t until 35 years later that sozin’s comet arrived and they committed the air nomad genocide. and you don’t just commit genocide without indoctrinating your people and military to hate the targeted group of people first. the air nomads are just that– nomads– which means they travel the world and have no permanent home. they were present in the fire nation like anywhere else, and it’s probable that they faced xenophobia and were viewed by the nationalistic and generally homogenous fire nation people as outsiders and intruders.
this brings me to this scene. the council, specifically pasang the head monk, says “i fear that war may be upon us.” the fact that they know this tells me that as much as they try to appear removed from the world, they still do some governing and participate in international relations, and they see the warning signs. because it’s likely that in the 35 years between that fight with roku and the genocide, sozin’s plan shifted to include ending the avatar, who would next be an airbender. so he cultivated worse and worse hate of the air nomads in the fire nation people, preparing for when sozin’s comet came. it’s likely that this was built on centuries of rising and falling prejudice, but in that timespan he had to have escalated it to the point where his people and armies would carry out a genocide, and the air nomads became aware of that rising hate to the point that their leaders saw war coming. it’s just really sad to think about
It’s about being seen for the first time, about how you survive things in your life and you bury the events inside you and at some future date somebody unearths them, almost like a witness to the pain you suffered as if to say: my god how long have you been alone with this?
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