After watching Aang learning all the bendings i started to think that why can't anyone learn all 4 elements just like aang. I mean think about it, aang learn water bending with Katara and earth with Toph plus fire bending with Zuko.
What makes aang so special that only he or the avatar can master all 4 elements? Aang learns every bending jus like a normal person do, it's not like one day he can't water bend but the second day 'boom' he water bends.
Im just thinking logically plz giv me some feedback.
The way I see it, and the way the world of the show was created, is that every culture is rooted to a certain element, and those people inherit the bending of that element. Water benders are a culture that developed in the poles, surrounded by water. It's logical to think that they would learn water bending. After so many centuries, they specialized in it, becoming its root bending.
As many people suggest, bending is a mixture of genetics and spirituality.
Besides, the whole point of being the Avatar is that he is the only one who can master the 4 elements. He/She is the one who has to keep balance between all nations, and he needs to understand all 4 bendings and cultures.
Post by admirality on Apr 12, 2008 13:57:31 GMT -5
I think M&B said somehwere that it's not nessesarliy genetic coz in the fortune teller episode their were two identical twins one was a bender ther other wasn't they wud hav the same genes which wud bending aint nessarily genetic.... Also Katara is a bender Hakoda isn't and It was kinda impled in epi 318 that her mother wasn't coz Hama was supposedly the last bender.... I think it's more of a spiritual thing
I think the reason a normal person cannot learn 4 elements is because they don't hav the spiritual capacity to master all 4 elements..... The avatar spirit is special in that way because it has a larger capacity to learn different elements....
I so wanna tug dat beard ^quote from Skye Owner of Ozai's Royal Part and Momma of baby Oziadi I'm English got a problem with that
I had the notion that the Avatar spirit is the spirit of the world, or nature, or something like that, embodied in human form - reincarnating in the cycle of the elements. Being that it's the all natural spirit, it makes sense to have the power to bend all the elements.
Here is how it is. the ability to bend, is like a spiritual organ or muscle.
when a person dies their soul is sent to the spirit world (but not as a tangible spirit like Koh or Hai-Bi) to await their 40 day waiting period for reincarnation. during that time, the spirits decide what the destiny of the soul will be, and to which body it will be born into. the spirits also decide if said soul is worthy to have a bending element attached to it.
however, no soul is strong enough to hold more then one "element"
except for the avatar spirit, which is different from a single element ability. the purpose of the avatar spirit is to use its host (soul) to keep balance in the world.
In other words... Its magic.
Last Edit: Apr 14, 2008 23:09:44 GMT -5 by Zenjamin
That would be why when the avatar turns 16, he is taken away from his family, friends, nation, and possessions. while he learns to be the avatar, he also learns his duty towards balance.
an avatar is not loyal to any nation. as we saw with Sozin.
if they had one avatar for each nation, each avatar would be inclined to look after his own nation's interests... and we would really not want 4 avatars leading the battle for their respective nations.
Post by dragonflly on Apr 14, 2008 23:03:52 GMT -5
I think artefacto and zenjamin pretty much hit the nail on the head. Wow such in depth answers on this thread. I was seriously gonna ba a smarta** and just say because "that's the way M&B wanted it". Now I feel silly for even thinking that. Great answers guys!
if it was genetics, (its not, Mike has said as much) it would be like a disease, not a skin color. either you have it, or you dont. double dominant bending genes would not be able to co-exist on the same loci.
If its spiritual, as Mike has already said, then it is biased of of arbitrary rules that the spirits set up. likely aided by geography.
Also, remember, there was a time before the war, when the 4 nations lived in harmony. It is extremely unlikely that in that time, people from different bending backrounds did not mate. As Aang has demonstrated, one bender type is just as susceptible to the pheromones of another bender type ;D