"Tenzin?" The man in question paused at Korra’s door at the sound of his name.
"Yes, Korra?" he asked, taking a seat in the chair that had been placed next to her bed for visitors. She was sitting up and responsive, and that was still somewhat unusual. Whatever she had to say, he was glad to hear it.
"There’s something I’ve been wondering about," she said. Whatever she wanted to know, it had clearly been weighing on her; the sound of her voice made that much clear.
"Feel free to ask whatever you need to know," he said.
Korra’s face scrunched up, and Tenzin wondered whether she was in pain or whether something else was wrong. “‘New growth cannot exist without first the destruction of the old.’ What does that mean?”
Tenzin’s eyebrows rose. If Korra was asking about Guru Laghima’s teachings, it could mean only one thing. “Did Zaheer tell you that?”
"Yeah," Korra said. "He said some old airbending guru said it, but it doesn’t sound very airbender-like to me."
"Zaheer might have recreated Guru Laghima’s most famous technique, but he misinterpreted most of his teachings. Laghima was commenting on the nature of change, not promoting violent revolution."
"But it is true, isn’t it?" Korra stared down at her covers.
"Yes," Tenzin said cautiously. "True change cannot occur until outdated habits are cast away."
Korra sighed. “That doesn’t really help if you’re the ‘outdated habit,’ does it?”
Tenzin felt a jolt as he understood what had her so worried. “That’s not how it was intended, Korra,” he said. “Guru Laghima was concerned with personal growth. He never would have suggested that a person ought to be destroyed for the sake of change.”
"I guess you’re right," Korra said, and her lips twisted into a broken smile. "I guess the poison’s still getting to me. Thanks."
Tenzin wasn’t sure how much good he’d actually done, but there wasn’t much else he could do. Korra needed time to recover, that was all. “I’m glad I could help,” he said before he left.