This feels like a very cynical moment, but I think there’s more going on than just that. I think what Toph is really saying to Korra is that if you derive your self worth solely from your accomplishments, then you are going to wind up pretty empty as a human being. Because our accomplishments, huge as they may seem in the moment, ultimately don’t amount to a ton in the grand scheme of things. Granted, Korra did save the Air Nation and the world from 10,000 years of darkness. But she’s gotta find other reasons to keep going.
Toph doesn’t think her police work really “solved” anything, but she also doesn’t seem like she’s a shattered human being. Rather, she’s made peace with the vanity of human pursuits (dukkha) and has chosen a spiritual path. She is literally the bodhisattva beneath the banyan tree.
I knew there was something more to this than sheer cynicism, but I couldn’t quite put it into words. When you say it like this, though, it makes a lot of sense.
ATTENTION COSPLAYERS: I based Korra’s new Book 4 boots on existing ones. They’re vegan, which is cool. Maybe I’ll rock a pair too. Here’s a link where you can order them: http://www.amazon.com/Womens-Suede-Winter-Buckle-5-5-10/dp/B006CB2XXI
Hey Korra Nation, BIG NEWS!!!
IF THIS PICTURE (drawn by the one-and-only Bryan K) GETS OVER 15,000 NOTES, WE’LL RELEASE OUR FIRST EXCLUSIVE CLIP FROM BOOK 4 ONLINE TOMORROW MORNING!
So what’re you waiting for? Let’s do this!!!
Looks like you hit the target!
I love korra’s new hair style.
KORRA IS HEADING TO NEW YORK COMIC CON!!!
That’s right, Nickelodeon is hosting a Legend of Korra panel at New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 9 at 5:15pm. Can’t wait to see you there!
Be on the look-out for more news about NYCC (and Book 4) as we get closer to October :)
NYCC Korra Panel, Thursday 10/9 at 5:15!
BEHOLD: NEW HAIR! Korra’s design gets backs to its roots in Book 4, with a bob cut like the one Joaquim did in his original concept of her. It wouldn’t be the Avatarverse without some hairstyle changes, now would it?
(Joaquim, Studio Mir, and I drew the Korra above, Lauren Zurcher painted the background, and I did the color.)