An Unusual Source of Wisdom

“Perfection and power are overrated. I think you are very wise to choose happiness and love.”

 — Uncle Iroh

Uncle Iroh is a fictional character from an animated kids show called Avatar: The Last Airbender. Although the show is made simple for children to understand, a second look and a second thought reveals an astonishing amount of underlying messages, wisdom, and maturity for older audiences to learn from. I definitely recommend it to anybody who hopes to learn a thing or two while watching an enjoyable show.

Back to the matter at hand. Perfection and power — are they really overrated or is that just something that we’d like to think so that we don’t have to feel guilty for not achieving them? 

I think it’s the first one. Of course I could be wrong, but hear me out before you dismiss it as a fact. 

We’ve established before that nobody can be perfect. The perfect person is flawless and can do anything. They’re the best at everything and nobody can beat them at anything. Then of course this eliminates any need for other people because the world doesn’t need them (Disclaimer, the world needs everybody, otherwise we wouldn’t be here). So to summarize: perfection is overrated.

What about power? Power can be a useful thing for people to achieve whatever they want. It overrides others desires and stops them from stopping you.The only problem with power is that power corrupts. Any traits you have, whether positive or negative, will be amplified to it’s loudest potential. Although this might be great for the flawless person, nobody is flawless. It’s kind of funny that power and perfection would go hand in hand if they were perfect. 

So we know power and perfection are overrated, but is happiness and love the right decision…?

Well OBVIOUSLY. Although some people aren’t too big on the love thing, happiness is generally something that we strive towards at all times. By the way, love is more than romantic. People express it in many different ways — platonically, romantically, familially, etc. There’s a lot of love in this world, and it’s our job to share it. 

Choose the light. Otherwise we’ll never win.

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