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Aang, Katara, and anger

Katara: I knew you wouldn’t understand.
Aang: Wait, stop, I do understand. You’re feeling unbelievable pain and rage. How do you think I felt about the sandbenders when they stole Appa? How do you think I felt about the Fire Nation when I found out what happened to my people?

To clarify, in context, I don’t think Katara meant to say that Aang wouldn’t be able to understand her feelings of loss and grief about her mother here (it’s not the point), but that he wouldn’t understand her desire for retaliation. He answers that he does:

Sweet tragic irony: Aang is the only member of the Gaang to deliberately kill something (it looks like that buzzard wasp’s body was cut straight in two?), and he was feeling too much pain and rage to care, or even remember (it’s that or ~denial). Aang knows what Katara is feeling because he experienced it too. He didn’t just feel sad when he lost Appa or his entire people, he was also enraged. At the sandbenders, at the Fire Nation, at the entire world. Consequently, he also knows how terribly easy it is to lose control in these moments, to just let these incredibly powerful emotions take over. Lucky for him, every time he almost lost it, Katara was there to help him get through it. And right now, he’s trying to return the favor.

Aang and Sokka are so worried about Katara in The Southern Raiders because they know who she is. They know she gets angry and completely owns that anger, but also that she’s one of the most compassionate person they’ve ever seen. That she can feel compassion for anybody, even those who hurt her before. They’ve seen her devastated after she couldn’t save Jet, despite the fact he betrayed her before, despite the fact she was furious against him just moments earlier. In The Chase, they’ve seen her show compassion toward Zuko the moment he demonstrated a little humanity (the guy who tried to kill her several times, who was constantly trying to capture the last hope for the world - her hope - and that was before he gave her any reason to think he might turn to the good side, before he offered any apology). They’ve seen her in tears after she was forced to learn bloodbending by Hama, because she finds it repulsive and wrong, and she wouldn’t want to use it even against her worst enemy, even against Hama herself (who had no qualms torturing her with it). They know she’s not being herself, and they’re afraid she’ll do something she might regret (you can’t undo killing a person).

(And, let’s be honest, the episode proves them right: 1) her using bloodbending was probably put in expressly to show she’s not in her normal state of mind, and 2) killing Yon Rha wasn’t what she needed. Katara said she felt like she had no choice but to get revenge once she knew she could find him - but she did have one, and it’s a good thing Aang was there to help her see that she wasn’t bound by anything but her own mind, that there was another option and she could set herself free.)

It’s interesting that Aang and Katara, the show’s standing sunshine cheesy hippies of hope and love, are also the most prone to uncontrollable destructive anger. They are genocide survivors and have been hurt in many ways without letting it destroy their good heart and spirit, their ability to feel joy and love, to live, up until these moments when it’s just too much. They also have vastly different ways to deal with it, in perfect accordance with their respective elements. As we’ve already seen, Katara owns her anger, she lives it, sometimes almost revels in it, lets it flow and grow without holding it back, and she redirects it at her enemies to submerge them under her power. Aang is out-of-touch with his anger: he doesn’t want to deal with it, he’s afraid of what it does to him: ”You saw what I did out there. I was so angry about losing Appa, I couldn’t control myself. I hated feeling like that” (from The Serpent’s Pass). He avoids and evade, up until he can’t anymore, and then it comes out as a freaking tornado, powerful and devastating. Most Avatars didn’t know who they were until 16, mastering the Avatar State can take years of discipline, but just thinking about what the monks did to him in The Storm is enough for Aang to trigger it. His Avatar State is always so pissed, and these are Aang’s emotions (you can see by how tense he is that he’s trying to hold back but just can’t).

So it’s really important in terms of their relationship that they’re always ready to help each other out, that they never hold what they may have said when they were hurt against the other. They’ve seen each other at their worst and helped each other grow, become more balanced. Aang helped Katara keep a more level-headed mind in The Southern Raiders. Katara helped Aang see he didn’t have to suppress all his emotions after his breakdown in The Desert, that he could let himself feel again. Etc. It’s also notable that even when they disagree, they are still respectful of each other, and they show it this episode too. Aang doesn’t think Katara is doing the right thing, but he chose to trust her, to accept her decision and let her borrow Appa: “This is a journey you need to take. You need to face this man”. And Katara, as angry as she is, never mocks Aang for his beliefs - Zuko is the one who does (twice, answering in her stead). Katara is grateful for his support: “Thanks for understanding Aang” - this is in direct contrast to her quote from earlier (see above) when she didn’t think he could (meaning she did listen to him, and changed her mind at least where he’s concerned). It’s also important that they didn’t need to reach a perfect consensus: Katara didn’t kill Yon Rha, but she didn’t forgive him either, and that’s perfectly fine, they’re ok.

dyosang-pag-ibig  asked:

dyosang-pag-ibig / Alice

(1) What I think about your URL; dyosang-pag-ibig; dyosa ka ng pag-ibig? Mamsh una sa lahat walang pag-ibig hayst ano yun po? Tapos pangalawa hayst ulit, sino po yung dyosa? Ako po ba yon? Hehehe

(2) What I feel about you; Alice, have you ever been to wonderland??? Charot haha mamsh di na tayo nakapag-usap :((( gang ngayon wala ka reply sa message ko haha pero okay lang yon! Let’s be friends ha??? Feeling ko pareho tayong kalog e haha

Aga ko naligo kasi init na init ako mga 2 yon tas after ko maligo pagtingin ko 3 sakto na. Diba gantong oras naglalabasan mga mumu hahahaha pero di naman ako takot so ge lang mga soul. Gala lang sa paligid ko. Lam ko namang tropa tropa tayo dito 😏