Many of the collected stories we call myth,as well as modern belief systems, include the idea that someONE or someTHING will provide a balance,a counter to man's self -destructive tendencies. it could be a person or a new approach to nature and our fellow human beings-the world around us. Aang comes into a world at war. Not only must he come to grips with the fact that he has a role to play in history,he's ALSO dealing with BEING A KID. He HAS been prepared by his elders-as all SUCCESSFUL heroes are. But he has to wing it. Fortunately,he's got friends. Friends with UNcommon patience and perserverance.