Post deleted because it was poorly written and rambling. So here's the takeaway:
If you haven't seen the anime Avatar: The Last Airbender, see it. If you don't have it on DVD or download, get it. If you don't, you are missing out.
Oh, and there's a sequel. The Legend of Korra. Set one hundred years later (apparently). I'm rewatching Avatar then I'll be watching Korra.