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Thursday, 28 June 2012

The Echoes of Equestria

"He's pretty cool but there must be something wrong with him. I don't know if he's cursed or if it's something with his brain."
I Like Trains - Todd Bryanton a.k.a. "Lil' Deuce Deuce"

So you see it. One hell of a banner up there. It's been long overdue and well, this one is going to be here to stay.

Maybe you think that I've completely lost my mango being like this. I'm neck deep into the brony fandom and I'm 120% proud of it. There's more to life than just daily routine and boring crap. Besides, I think exploring the magic of friendship is a great way for me to stay in the loop.

So expect more letters like this. I'm sure you'll find them entertaining.

Dear Princess Celestia,

Today I learned the true meaning of "Friendship is Magic" (Faust, 2010). Even though it's "a special connection" between us (Sparkle, 2011), there is much to it. Just like how there is darkness and light, magic has good and bad incarnations too. From extremely dark statements like "The night will last forever!" (Moon, 2010) to the kind, caring nature of "being able to spread love" (Sparkle, 2012).

Every bit of magic has its virtue, as do curses and illegally brewed potions. In the same way, friendship can also be a blessing or a curse. Nopony ever said that having friends is a bad thing. It isn't even a bad thing to start with. However, should we be able to say that having friends comes with a responsibility?

You see, here things are different. We have classified our friends by how close they are. There's nothing wrong with that at all, but when we neglect the less important ones to spend time with the "closer" ones, it's like gently saying that some people are not worth your time. Are we really meant to do that?

Friendship can be a blessing as much as it can be a curse. Maybe we can't see it but I believe Twilight has been in such a position before. Mediation can be a really taxing and heartbreaking activity when your friends fight. In the essence of all the blabber about knowing who our friends should be and forgetting about those who don't matter, we sometimes forget tour responsibilities and that is to care for people whom we believe matter to us. People here call others "jerks", "idiots" and so on for all sorts of reasons and then label others as "undesirable". The sad part is that it ends there. There are so many "undesirable" people in the world but almost no one is bothered to help them.

Of course, if that person knows what qualities make them "undesirable" and can't be bothered to help themselves then it's like trying to reach past a locked door. It is nearly impossible, and whatever factors make it possible are things that would hurt someone on either side. It can be very heartbreaking to lose a friend. Nopony likes it and the worst part is that nopony can do anything about it. When Discord wreaked chaos and hell in Ponyville it was a really painful job for all the Elements of Harmony. I can hardly imagine what it would have been like to be in their places.

Dear Princess, friendship doesn't come with no strings attached. We have to be responsible to some extent. Friends will always look to us for help and support and when they do we have to help them to or best. It's not easy but it's worth it. It becomes much easier to understand when you believe that you would want the same treatment when you need help.

And yes, your prized pupil has taught me well.


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