Aang the Avatar from the show Avatar: The Last Airbender is a Vegetarian
What was your favorite TV show growing up? Recently, Netflix added Avatar: The Last Airbender on its repertoire, and I couldn’t help but take notice of some of the cultural aspects, with regards to food, on the show. The main character Aang the Avatar, who is destined to save the entire world, is a vegetarian. I was astonished. I didn’t think this had to do with anything culturally but then I realized that Aang is a monk, and like many monks from regions of Asia, Aang, too, believes in abstaining from eating meat as a lifestyle practice. And when I thought about it, it all made sense. Aang the Avatar, who is the master of all four elements (water, earth, fire, and air), must keep an equitable balance between these four elements. As a result, it is against his moral beliefs to take the life of a living being, including animals, because he believes in the equality of life. Aang’s practice is consistent with that of many monks today. They believe in balance and harmony on earth which is why they abstain from eating meat. Maybe we can all take some advice from Avatar: The Last Airbender and look to plant-based sources of food for nutrition.