I find it interesting that Zaheer’s detachment from worldly desires seems more like a way for him to escape suffering than an actual sacrifice.
He couldn’t give up his desire for P’li when she was alive because he actually wanted to remain attached to her. But, as soon as she died and that attachment felt painful rather than pleasurable, he gave it up without hesitation.
That kind of seems like a jerk move to me (though I suspect P’li herself wouldn’t mind).
(Source: rabalogy, via elric-rockbell)