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#29 - yukieirian
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(01/15/2013) [-]
Im sorry if this post gets kinda long, but there are three ways to look at this: 1. Its a natural inborn talent some people have, such as singing, in which case Korra isnt able to bestow bending on a non-bender any better than a singing coach could teach someone with no voice to sing. 2. Its genetic, and therefor the potential to bend could lie in pretty much anyone in the avatar world, since the prevalence of benders almost garunteees everyone has at least one bending ancestor, giving Korra the ability to give everyone (in theory) the ability to bend. 3. Bending requires a physical and spiritual side, which is confirmed by both A:TLA and TLOK, as Aang learns from the Lion Turtle that bending originated as the people bending their spirit, or "Chi", and Korra is unable to air bend due to her having very little connection with the spiritual side of bending, but is able to bend the other three quite well due to being a prodigy with the physical side. In this case, we can assume the physical side can be trained like any other physical ability, such as weight lifting, so all that would be needed is the spiritual side, which as the avatar Korra can easily provide. I find 3 the most likely out of the three options, as its the only one that is confirmed in any way by the series, in which case the only reason Korra couldn't give non-benders the ability to bend would either be due to the fact she isnt good enough at spirit bending yet (which considering the second book is going to be called "Spirit" might be the case) or the writers simply dont wish her to have the ability.
#46 to #29 - ichbinlecher
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(01/15/2013) [-]
It is hinted in TLOA that it is genetic to some degree, as strong benders usually had strong benders as parents. At least if I recall correctly.

I will say I am glad that someone else out there also has really complicated answers to seemingly simple things sometimes. While I didn't experience it here, I have similar trains of thought with other points that are raised.
#30 to #29 - chrolt
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(01/15/2013) [-]
No offense, but I think you're thinking waaaay to hard about this.
#33 to #30 - yukieirian
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(01/15/2013) [-]
~Shrugs~ Honestly thats just kinda how i am. I do this all the time with the KH series. I just think it would actually be pretty neat for Korra to be able to bestow bending on other people, especially since there could be 2 entirely new bending types (other than spirit) if the two as-of-yet unnamed books/seasons are named after elements like the first two, and all three books of A:TLA are. This could just be one way this happens. I'm excited :)
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