Do you guys ever think about how the Fire nation is seen as the only faction that went crazy after the avatar left when really, every faction was driven to the extreme version of themselves without Aang?
The Fire nation was just the most obvious because without someone to guide them fire did what it does best, spread. Fire is the clan of Power so they let it consume them, they could not have power without taking it from others which is why it became a problem for all the other factions.
Earth, the people of Substance, were also out of control. They clung to their traditions and fought every change Aang tried to bring to them. Places like Ba Sing Se were able to exist, a stale fortress that literally killed to keep things the same.
And the Water clan, the people of Change, were consumed by their flexibility. Spreading their people too thin over the world, forgetting culture they lost their community. They threw their warriors into war, chasing just the slimmest chance of a change in circumstances, which is how great tribes like Katara and Sokka's lost their strength.
Basically what I'm saying is, everything did not change when the Fire nation attacked, the big event that caused all the chaos was the avatar leaving. Fire sought Power, Earth clung to Substance, Water could only Change. All the factions became the "extreme" versions of themselves, fire was just the easiest to see.
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man reading about old timey scientific research is such a wild ride, like the dude that invented microwave ovens discovered microwaves could be used to heat food bc he was standing near a source and it melted the chocolate bar in his pocket, dude probably lost his chances of reproducing bc he straight up microwaved his balls, and don’t even get me started on the demon core accident. dude really just had a screwdriver in between two objects that upon contact would kill everyone in the room and possibly cause a nuclear explosion and they just?? kept this extremely dangerous item around for like,, showing off?? and when you look at the photos everyone’s just wearing regular clothes, maybe three people are wearing a lab coat, none of them are even buttoned up. my freshman year chem lab instructor made me wear more protection working with dilute NaOH than the people working with the core of a nuclear bomb......no health & safety, no gloves, just vibes
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