I love Zutara. People are probably sick of hearing this very ship name, but that’s okay. I’m not in the business of spreading hate, and if you are, please leave this blog. I’m just here to talk about my favorite pairing (but it might turn out to be something more than that; I tend to rant).
A lot of the reasons people put out there for liking Zutara is kind of…iffy. (That doesn’t excuse the shit-scary hate people retaliate with. Seriously, guys. Fighting anything with hate is just not going to get anyone anywhere.) I’m not saying my reasons are better. In your opinion, they could be total bird crap. That’s okay, that’s your opinion and this is mine. Right now, this might seem tedious and duh, but so many people forget the simple truth that you can have a disagreement or difference of opinion with someone without biting each other’s heads off.
Anyway, my reason for loving Zutara is that I connect with it. Simply put, I am personally passionate about it. I relate with the underdog kind of love, the chemistry that isn’t perfect or served on a silver platter. The one that is too quick and bright to even hold for long. And I know many people will want to let the rabid dogs loose and say things like "There wasn’t even chemistry!" and "You must be some stupid teenage girl who hasn’t experienced actual love." and "Dude you are reading way too much into this—it’s just a cartoon!" (Those were actual responses I saw on other forums) Okay, everyone, hold your horses. Yes, I am putting a lot of emotion into this. Yes, there are things I might see, dots I might connect, that others would not. But isn’t that the point? Why else do writers leave questions unanswered? Why else do we have different points of view, different pairings, different favorite characters? Because we see things with different eyes. We put emotion in things others may not. We are not a race of only one mind, and that’s why people need to learn to understand that just because someone doesn’t like what you like, or likes what you hate, it doesn’t make you any better or them any worse. That doesn’t entitle you to put others down for it. You can express a different opinion without shooting down every other opinion that remotely relates to it. How hard is that to comprehend? I might be going a bit off topic from Zutara now, but it needs to be said. I like Zutara. You may not. These two events are mutually exclusive. I do not need to hate Zutara for you to like Kataang, or any other pairing. Thus, there is no need to force opinions down anyone’s throats. We’re all guilty of the urge to forcibly change someone’s mind at one (sometimes more than one) point in our lives. But I’m here to tell you that if everyone in the world thought the same way you did and no one ever had a different opinion, the human race as a whole would die out fairly quickly. Without variation, without differences, we can’t advance. No one person has the genius of everyone that ever made history, and thus no one person would be able to sustain our future. We need the differences, we need the changes. But the one thing we need in common is an open mind, and the one thing we don’t need is hate. Without an open mind, there is no learning. There is no advancing, no being diplomatic or even persuading others to see as you do. No one likes their opinions being shot down by a narrow-minded person, and thus few would be willing to listen to what this narrow-minded person has to say. And hate—really, everyone should know this—hate does nothing.Yeah, it might make you feel powerful to put someone down anonymously over the internet. It might be your first reflex to dismiss another person’s opinion. But hate is not the right tool to use. Hate can fuel, hate can be useful. However, to fill your world with hate and harm others with it as well, that is when it crosses a line. It’s not healthy for anyone involved, and it’s just not good. Something tainted with hate will live a short and unpleasant existence.
So think about it. Not Zutara itself, but the fact that I like something you might not like, and that’s awesome. I’d love to hear different ideas and opinions, AUs and pairings, even if it’s not even in the same fandom. Just know that if there’s hate or negativity, you will have completely missed the point of this super off topic rant of mine.