I'm conflicted about how to interpret the finale of Avatar the Last Airbender and I want to ask others what they think the message of the finale is supposed to be. Is this on topic?
Questions like this can be OK, but please try not to make it too opinion-based.
There are already questions on the site which amount to "what does the ending of this story mean/signify". Even if they're not specifically about the moral, answering questions of this form does often involve describing the moral of the story.
The key thing to do when asking a question like this is to try to make it reasonably answerable. We close "primarily opinion-based" questions, and where to draw the line between "primarily opinion-based" and "partly opinion-based but not too much" is something that different people are going to have different opinions on. Some subjectivity is OK, but it should always be Good Subjective and not Bad Subjective. The key difference is in the answers: Good Subjective questions can be answered by drawing upon objective evidence; Bad Subjective questions invite discussion and opinion. These guidelines have been codified in the help centre:
Some subjective questions are allowed, but “subjective” does not mean “anything goes”. All subjective questions are expected to be constructive. What does that mean? Constructive subjective questions:
- inspire answers that explain “why” and “how”
- tend to have long, not short, answers
- have a constructive, fair, and impartial tone
- invite sharing experiences over opinions
- insist that opinion be backed up with facts and references
- are more than just mindless social fun
It's fine if you ask for in-universe perspective or author intention
We have a tag for morality and ethics questions, they are clearly on-topic here. That said, I think this questions should not be an invitation to debate personal moral perspectives on a work of fiction.
If you check the most well received morality questions they ask for:
In-universe moral perspective:
In-universe moral rules
These kind of questions, which have a definitive answer and don't invite POB answers, are completely on-topic.