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My Little Pony.  

Eight months ago, those words would have sent me and half the internet fleeing in terror.  It used to be the antithesis of everything we thought was 'cool'.   It was a sugar-coated, diabetes-inducing parade of gumdrops and buttercups.  It was what our little sisters watched on Saturday mornings while we were busy gagging ourselves at the 'girlieness' of it.  But, in those eight months, a revolution has happened.  That revolution has revolved around a single lesson.  

Friendship is Magic.  

Tack those three words onto the previous three, and you have the bait to a brilliant /co/ war, a revitalization of an entire section on, and the origin of a whole host of reverse-anthro fanart.  But, it is the single most bizarre reversal of thought since the homosexual revolution.  Suddenly, it's OK to go into McDonalds and get the girl's Happy Meal.  It's cool to write yourself into a world of ponies and magic.  And yes, it's considered awesome that you sing songs about love, trust, and friendship.  Why?  

I've thought long and hard about this, both on and off the internet.  I've read stories about how these ponies have instilled thoughts of courage and hope into people; about how one man has the courage to stand up to his abusive father because of a simple plastic toy.  About how so many people find simple satisfaction from these tales of friendship even though a year ago, the same tales would have gotten you trolled off 4chan.   

Yet now, I think I've solved the equation.  The answer is both simple and complex at the same time.  

Lauren Faust has done true magic.  In this world of cynicism and hatred, she has taken the lessons of love, trust and friendship, and brought them to the forefront of our minds.  Not by weaving them into some complex symbolic message, but just by showing them to us.  Sure it's with the subtly of an anvil, but aren't falling anvils good?  When those anvils fall and crush the growing hatred and festering distrust in this world, then yes, anvils are good.  

Ms. Faust's message can speak to both the younger generation, and the older.  Pinkie Pie's laughter song from the second episode is a brilliant example.  To the kids, she's telling them that the boogie man under your bed is nothing more than dust bunnies and your imagination.  But to us, to the ones who have gone before them, it's something deeper.  Everyone is afraid.  Afraid of rejection, of the future, or of some other arbitrary idea.  Pinkie is telling us to take those fears, and give them the Monty Python French Taunter's treatment.  There's nothing to be afraid of.  Everything we thought was scary about this world is not within our power to change.  Of course death and taxes are the eternal bench line, but everything else is within our grasp.  Just as Pinkie Pie taught the girls to change those evil trees by laughing, she's teaching us that we don't need to be afraid.  

Everything Ms. Faust puts into these episodes are the same.  Individually, each episode is a small tale of life in a magical land where ponies talk.  But when you look at it as a whole, it becomes something bigger.  Lauren Faust has given us something special.  Like Calvin and Hobbes, Willy Wonka and Harry Potter, these six ponies and their stories are quickly becoming special in our hearts.  A young boy and his stuffed tiger taught us to find adventure wherever we looked.  A whimsical candy maker showed us how to see beyond what everyone told you was there.  And a young boy let us know that there is magic in this world, even if we couldn't see it.  These six ponies have done something of equal, and perhaps greater, value.  

In this cynical world, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, and Fluttershy have told us that it's alright to be nice.  That friends are something no one can do without.  How many of us look at Twilight and not see ourselves?  We've all put up a façade of intelligence and cynicism, but deep down, how many of us are really that nervous pony who just doesn't know how to make friends?  That's why the ponies are so popular.  Because we are listening to them.  Because we know they're right and we're afraid of someone coming along and taking that away from us.  

But they can't.  

The show can be canceled, pony-chan can be taken down, and the fanart can be removed, but they can't take away what's in our hearts.  Corny?  Maybe.  But does it really matter?  At this point, are we really so afraid of our own masculinity that we can't say something like that?  If we are, then why are we even bothering with the ponies?   Their message has resonated far deeper than anything else?  And as long as we listen to that message, then we have already won.  

I don't know if Ms. Faust or any of the other writers or animators will ever read this, but I'd just like to say…

Thank You.  

You have rekindled the spark of friendship in us.  At least, in me.  Everything you have done with this show is incredible.  God bless you, and good fortune in your future with this.  

Friends, fellow bronies, trolls, stalkers… They say that magic doesn't exist.  They say that it's nothing more than a fairytale.  

Well, isn't friendship magic?

C'mon everyone, lets prove them wrong.  

Let's bring that magic back into this world.
This is what I think all of the bronies are thinking about this show
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compassrose0425 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Student General Artist
These confessions are reeeeeally hard to make!
Soultaker4433 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
Nice to meet you fellow brony, bro hoof and greetings from Chicago
Usagi1992 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 25, 2015
very well put sir. (efuju)
Derp0Diamond Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I never thought of it that way, bravo to you for making what would be a simple show into a deep philosophical meaning. Cheese Sandwich clapping Clap :cheers: 
AwesomeSauce432 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! I'm slowly coming out of the hidden brony world and admitting to some of my friends. So far they're all fine with it! This is great!
DavidC999 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Brohoof for all my Bronies and/or Pegasisters!
Soultaker4433 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
Bro hoof to you too :)
RGM2011 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
That is why I chose My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic over Air, Kanon, and Clannad. Did those series have any complex stories or important messages? Not a chance.
OutcastClankzilla Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student General Artist
.....Damn. Just....thank you for summing the whole idea up, sir! :iconhappytearsplz:
SpiralsongReturns Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
what you've said.. and along with everyone else...

i now know there is hope, not just for this world and everyone else in it... but for myself as well. i'm forever thankful for that.

thank you everyone. thank you so much...
BenPanced-II Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
/)*(\ You said it all.
superomar99 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student General Artist
oh god what is that :iconrainbowdashwatplz:
BenPanced-II Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
A brohoof.
TheWhiteJewel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
I am so glad that TvTropes sent me here. I don't really watch MLP but I'm all about cartoons that make a point and touch peoples' hearts.

I'm motivated to go watch it again now, just cause of this. :>
Soultaker4433 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
chandlerdylan8 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I agree I hate my little pony but I now realize its purpose and that the friendship and love was not girly and dear author I have a connection to who your looking for a certain. Person Faust who writes this I got a review sheet with email for a straight up tv review not camera but blog I got that persons email give me permission to send this to ms fausts I know how bad it feels to love something and have it criticized and shut down for example a tv show called cat scratch it got shut down
I wanted to have something to send them to thank them for the good times If u let me ill link it with the email she will see this I promise my friend I promise
ZephyrFiction Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Sorry I took a while to reply. I don't check dA that often.

I'd be honored if you send this to Ms. Faust
chandlerdylan8 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Alright ill send it to them at their new business center ill call up the secretary and email them your art word or what ever its called to them and make sure it gets to ms Faust it should be given to her around the 1st and ill tell her that you made it and all
DarqfangofSeido Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Writer
You're right. Everything on here is right.

The fact that we can laugh at the Twilight Saga while making the pony look even better is an added bonus.

Another bonus: Legitimate characters

I could go on, but I think I've already made my point.
natedash1 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
darkwee009 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
In the words of TV Tropes, this is a Crowning Moment of Awesome. Excellent Job.

With all of the crap and cynicalness in the world today due to econmic woes or other issues, it's nice to see a genually upbeat and positive show. The fact that it contains characters that I actually want to root for also help.
ConnorCat Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I like that DA allows you to fav journals.
Mrgreen36 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very good sir! :clap: You speak for the majority of Bronies. Shame that the haters won't listen. Sometimes though I feel that that says more about them then us. In fact I'll leave you with a quote of Bob Marley
"Who are you to judge the life I live? I'm not perfect and I don't have to be! Before you start pointing fingers , make sure your own hands are clean!"
hunlin Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
It's a shame that some of these show's fans haven't taken heed of these lessons and just argue among themselves. The morals of the show are great!
rubinator01 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
It is beautiful.
I also find it easy to relate to Twilight Sparkle, and I really enjoy watching her on the show.
Well done with this, ZephyrFiction, and may the Magic of Friendship (and the Force) be with you. And a tray of cupcakes.
ZS3 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Why haven't you received a Nobel Prize for this yet?!
ZephyrFiction Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Because Lauren Faust hasn't read this yet
HazelHolly Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Brohoof, my brony, for you have summed up all of my thoughts on this show. I think you've summed up EVERY brony's thoughts on this show, actually! So, I'll say it again: brohoof, both for you and for ALL my bronies and pegasisters!
0011110000110011 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
That was beautiful!
bakagain Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Beautiful. You are a genius. Also, my favorite was the 9th paragraph. I just hope that some non-bronies see this ;3
ZephyrFiction Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Hey, if you spread the word, they will. Read the comments. I've converted some
gligarman2 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Siberianchan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Simple, complex and true to the core. Hooves up.
DhanaRagnarok Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Simply Magnificient.
Ryumaru-MG Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
You think right.
suicidalconsepts Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist
I demand someone give this fellow a hug
ZephyrFiction Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Which fellow?
suicidalconsepts Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist
^ that one
Pinkie-Ponyluv232 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student General Artist
That's really deep. Nice work.
PossumFan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wow... This is amazing! Great job! *Broohoof*

+ faves
techogre Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I apologize for being a little late to the game, but I wanted to give my $0.02. This is a well thought out essay, and I agree with every word.

Except "the".

That one always bugged me.

If Pinkie were in our world, she would agree.

ZephyrFiction Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
But I must counter that argument.

'The' isn't a word.

It's an article.

If Twilight were in our world, she'd agree with me.
techogre Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Touche... :)
Jase1505 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist

You magnificent bastard
ZephyrFiction Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Well that's a new one
FoamyFanatic718 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
... I feel like someone just punched me in the gut. I feel like someone has just reached into my soul and taken hold of what makes me who I am and ripped it out and showed it to me. This little segment of writing has really put a spark of joy and self-realization into my mind that I never realized I could find--that I never realized could ever exist.

I'm not sure what it was that really made this essay--can you call something that touches your soul itself an "essay?" It sounds so impersonal, so, so cold and logical that I just don't feel that it has the same amount of power as what this beautiful work is--really give as much of a powerful surge of emotion to me as it did. I think it's this line, though:

"We've all put up a façade of intelligence and cynicism, but deep down, how many of us are really that nervous pony who just doesn't know how to make friends?"

... that's me. That is absolutely, with one hundred percent certainty, me. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've looked at those around me and acted with haughty disdain or cold aloofness to them, placing a wall of cold impersonality and stoicism between myself and those around me. In the same breath, however, let me tell you that if I tried to count how many times I've looked at my peers and thought "why can't I just be like them?" that I would probably fill up a novel's worth of text.

More than that, though, it's that every single thing you touched on in your lesson--yes, that is what I feel describes this best! Everything in this lesson describes what I already knew to be true about the show, but put it out there in a way that made me think about what it was that made me love this children's cartoon about technicolor equines so much that it almost hurts. So for that, Zephyr, I've really got to thank you, from the bottom of my heart for this lesson in friendship.

... heh, what do you know? I made it throughout an entire post without swearing once! Not bad, me; not bad at all.
gregar34 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
This is truly really something. I never realized there can be something so deep until I read this. After some thinking, I thought of reasons why I like the show. I believe it's because the show shows exaggerated but realistic situations and realistic characters. It also tells what people can do in situations similar in the show. But most importantly: "Friendship is Magic" showed us that its okay to have friendship and its okay to be nice to the world. There may not be any real magic in the real world but there is the magic of friendship and love.
Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What makes this resonate really well put is that we are reminded in My Little Pony that the lessons don't write the episode, the episode writes the lessons, which makes it more enjoyable and resonate more with us.
*massive applause* Brilliant, simply brilliant. Long live the magic of friendship!
BlackRoseBandKitsune Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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