Inequity amongst Air Nomads?
Actually, I have another complain about Tenzin: He is such a good MASTER with his air acolytes SERVANTS.
I mean, look at the Air Temple social structure, we never heard any air acolyte (well, the midwife said two short sentences), they just are just there cleaning, fixing Korra’s mess, carrying Asami’s luggage, and another house duties. Tenzin and his family have a pretty big house where they live together, while the acolytes just have these stark rooms separate by sexes, and curious enough, there is no other child or teenager beside the airkids , even though we know that air nomads were allowed to have sex and children despised their religious status. In fact, Tenzin’s family and the acolytes rarely interact with each other.
They are supposed to carry on with Air Nomads culture, right? I was expecting to see a Council of Elders, which will regulate the activities in the Air Temple, give advises and support to Tenzin when he required and even call out Korra about her temper (I just can imagine this little group of wise and sassy old acolytes no taking any bullshit of those “kids”). Some of them could help Korra with her meditation and training, teach Jinora and Ikki how to take care of sky bisons since their father is busy with the city problems, or taking a cup of tea with Pema while they chat peacefully, etc.
But no, we don’t see any of this. The only hint we had about an acolyte in a position of power was in the judge of Yakone… forty years ago
And please, don’t tell me that all this is because they are not Air Nomad’s descends. Seventy years had passed since Aang took his first disciples, they must be raising the third generation of air acolytes, people who had been learning, thinking, eating and living like Air Nomads all their live, saving a culture (and two animal species) from extinction. Sure, they will never have the arrows in their skin because they are not airbenders, but it doesn’t mean that they couldn’t be as wise as the wiser Air Nomad (see Guru Pathik). They deserve be considerate full right members of the Air Nation.
Sure, Tenzin keep his air acolytes well-fed, relatively comfy and they probably have an amazing health insurance, but they don’t seem to have any power over their own lives.