Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Korra: True freedom and Balance

Zaheer: "True freedom can only be achieved when the present governments are torn down."
Korra: "That wont bring balance! it will throw the world into chaos!"
Zaheer: "Exactly, the natural order is disorder.
New growth cannot exist without first the destruction of the old" ??
Just because chaos is the natural state does not mean chaos = balance. Balance, by definition, is somewhere in the middle between chaos and perfect order. The Avatar (Korra) is supposed to bring balance, not chaos, so Zaheer has no basis for criticizing Korra or any other Avatar for failing to bring the chaos he desires. By preventing the world from falling into chaos, the Avatars have indeed done their job and kept balance (as long as they also do not let it fall into perfect order either, e.g. the tyranny of Fire Lord Ozai or the monarchy of pinched-face Earth Queen).
Since chaos is the natural state, it is the best state for the world to be in. Here Zaheer makes a leap in logic and moral philosophy that is indefensible. Just because something is natural does not mean it is best. Chaos is just chaos. It doesn't promote "the flourishing of all things" or whatever your personal definition of "best" is.

-Adapted from: https://www.reddit.com/r/TheLastAirbender/comments/2cm0ok/why_zaheer_is_wrong/ -

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