Often the hero is lost when they have a disrupting event that knocks them out of their comfortable ordinary world. They need words of guidance. This is often provided by someone(s) with the wisdom of age and experience. There a several such voices in the story. Art, Kwon, the monks, Lag, and Taj (which gets another post).Kwon is very practical, pragmatic, and somewhat fatalistic. As he says so succinctly, “If
we stay, I cook. If we go, I cook. Meh.” He goes with the flow, doesn’t fight nature. But that very pragmatic “suck it up and do what you have to do” is pervasive.
When going through security, the old fine art dealer ahead of him, Art, is fleeing oppression, and helps him start to think clearly, and evaluate his circumstances with clear-eyed realism, while at a the same time commenting “mysterious ways,” implying that not everything can be known, and some things must simply be accepted.
The dying monk helps give him a sense of mission and immediacy and nearness of death.
The rest of the monks of St Possenti let him know there are people that are good, and appreciate him and his actions, that see some of the evil in the world and do what they can to clean up its messes.
Lag helps give him, quite literally, a mission. Several, actually. But he’s often as cryptic and hidden in his actions and motivations as he is helpful. Yes, he explains himself sometimes, but there is always more backstory.