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17356 No. 17356
In the brief time that I've been here on ponychan, I've witnessed miracles. To coin a phrase, even if it hasn't made the lame walk and the blind see, it's made the shy talk and the bitter squee.

It strikes me that a lot of the people here are from my generation, the "internet generation", and are well acquainted with bitterness, shyness and friendlessness. In the past, some of us have flamed, some of us have lurked silently, but most of use have come to the internet seeking distraction and comfort, never really hoping for actual joy, but wishing deep in the back of our minds that there was a better way. And then ponies came along. It didn't have to be ponies, but they were the right catalyst at the right time, and here we are.

I have in my own time been about as cynical as they come. I've gotten worse at trusting people as the years have gone by. I've seen movements on the internet and in real life that have brought people passion and joy for a while, but they always get poisoned by selfishness and people who take themselves too seriously. When the cynic in me sees a post on here that seems sappy, or painfully honest, or controversial, I sit back and wait for the parasprites to show up... and they almost never do. This is what I call a miracle. I don't fully understand what's happening yet, but I think it's worth reflecting on.

Those of us who can relate to what I'm saying are in the process of changing ourselves, the internet, and the world, in the only way things like that ever really change for the better - by looking at the "small" picture, taking life a day at a time, and thinking of others. Our little revolution is pretty much the easiest revolution ever, because it doesn't require us to do anything we aren't already doing. We're like scientists, discovering joy and friendship as if for the first time, and I encourage you all to be bold, experiment, and learn everything you can about it!

Friendship really is about as close to magic as we come. The combination of fun, trust, compassion, generosity, and all the other loving things that go with it - they are freakishly powerful. In the right circumstances, they can change the course of an entire life in the blink of an eye. Sometimes they can send mental and even physical illnesses into remission. They can create order from chaos, heal wounds we thought would never go away, and they always hold unexpected truths no matter how much somepony already knows.

MLP:FiM won't be with us forever, but I hope from the bottom of my heart that its influence will. Here are some little things we can do here and now to help that happen:
- Keep creating art, music, stories, and all this wonderful stuff that brings joy to other bronies!
- When you feel pain or fear, do your best to "giggle at the ghostie". (But if you can't, we're here for you.)
- It takes bravery, but try to think the best of people. If somepony hurts you, try to make peace with them, or at least, try not to act spitefully. (Again, we're here for you if you need to vent. Sometimes people really are cruel and can't be reached with empathy.)
- MAKE FRIENDS WITH BRONIES IN REAL LIFE. I think this is the most important point. A lot of us are eager to try out the principles of friendship that we've learned, and we've got a ton of people here to do it with. For science! (Try searching for "bronies" on meetup.com.)
- Do something generous for a non-brony friend. I recommend baked goods.

I love you all! Over and out.
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>> No. 17357
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I have a feeling I just pulled a tl;dr.
>> No. 17358
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I read it! I agree with you about it!

Can I bump so more bronies can read?
>> No. 17360
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Um... I don't know what to say.
Thanks I guess...
And thank you!

Anyway, here's some music that is touching and befitting this thread.
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XD No problem, nopony has to say anything. I just chose to post this at a time when there were a bunch of other active threads, so I was worried it got pushed off the front page before anypony got to see it. I know there have been a few other threads similar to this one, so if nopony has anything to add, that's cool.
>> No. 17362
bumping so others read the op
>> No. 17363
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I don't really have anything else to add to it, it said all that was needed, for me.
>> No. 17364
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I'm saving this post under "inspirational bronies"!

>Those of us who can relate to what I'm saying are in the process of changing ourselves, the internet, and the world, in the only way things like that ever really change for the better - by looking at the "small" picture, taking life a day at a time, and thinking of others.

This reminds me of a quote that I have hanging on the wall of my bedroom that I think you would appreciate:

"The 'great' commitment all too easily obscures the 'little' one. But without the humility and warmth which you have to develop in your relations to the few with whom you are personally involved, you will never be able to do anything for the many. Without them, you will live in a world of abstractions, where...your greed for power, and your death-wish lack the one opponent which is stronger than they - love...It is better for the soul to make one man good than to sacrifice oneself for mankind." Dag Hammarskjöld

Attached is my post in a /b/ pony thread from when I first discovered the show (another brony had screencapped it and found it for me when I was describing the post a month later). It truly amazes me how quickly our little revolution can work its magic. There is really nothing else like this on the Internet.
>> No. 17365
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This. Just this.
>> No. 17366
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Totally didn't see this thread. It is relevant.
>> No. 17367
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I read it, I just couldn't think of a response.
I was born before the internet generation, but I can still totally relate to this.
>> No. 17368
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That...makes sense. Thanks for the quote, it's something I've had at the back of my mind

>> No. 17369
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Only read the first three paragraph and I knew this was epic.
I already do all that!
>> No. 17370
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No tl;dr.
>I read it, any in the wise words of Big Mac E'Yup. That pretty much summarized us, our culture, and our background.
>> No. 17371
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Well said OP!

I remember when I got to ponychan first time, I instantly saved "haters gonna hate" pony-picture and thought "Oh boy, I'm gonna need this. People on internet are so ignorant and full of mindless hate this is going to be useful."

I have never used it.
>> No. 17372
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Inkwell, I do think you're onto something here!

Have some cute , cuz I'm in agreement!
>> No. 17373
I usually am suspicious of people, and getting myself to post here was incredibly difficult for me to start with. Now it just feels like I can post without getting needless flack (Like if I were to post a story, I would get honest criticism, nothing sugar coated, nothing that's needlessly mean).

Just seeing how people act here has changed my suspicions on people. Sure I still feel that suspicion, but I can honestly feel that people can do things just to be kind, without needing some ulterior motive.

I've heard somewhere that life is like a great experiment, and like Inkwell had said, what better way to go through life than to experiment with kindness?

I felt that the op's post was a wonderful micro reflection upon the community as a whole. I figure it's high time that I thank the community for choosing kindness over self amusement with bitterness and general shenanigans. I want to thank everypony for showing me this kindness, and revealing the lighter side to folks. This place has been an eye opener, and has helped me look at the world without the dark tinted lenses.

I love everypony.
>> No. 17374
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I demand that this thread be /arch/ived for future reference. This is great motivational material. Thanks for sharing, Inkwell. :)
>> No. 17375
It's incredible how this whole pony thing exists.

Here, here.
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>> No. 17377
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im a Generation X age 22 i know a lot about tech more then the internet generation Generation Z and so im locked in between Generations.

i get no tech respect and i cant be friends with any one in X do to there lack of knowing tech and the internet and Z do to the age gap.
>> No. 17378
>- Keep creating art, music, stories, and all this wonderful stuff that brings joy to other bronies!

I can't do any of that.
>> No. 17379
Where do I look up generations?

Because I have no idea what generation I am in and I was born in 91.
>> No. 17380
I guess I'm generation Z otherwise known as the Internet generation?
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>> No. 17382
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I think op is a pretty cool guy and does not fear long texts.

Lame memes aside, i think youre making a valid point her. We needed something to come and teach us about love and friendship, instead of places like 4chan that teaches you hate. Its a good change, i hope its going to stay like this for a long time. :)
>> No. 17383

Actually, I was thinking Generation Y when I said "internet generation", because I like to imagine most of Generation Z isn't on the internet yet...

I was born in the late 80s. Here's my rule of thumb:
- if you remember the Challenger Incident, but were youngish when it happened, you're Generation X
- if you don't remember Challenger, but you remember 9/11, you're Generation Y
- if you don't remember 9/11, you're Generation Z
>> No. 17384
Hmm, well then, have you tried zip-lines?
>> No. 17385
but it says Generation Z people were born in the early 90s.
>> No. 17386
Actually I could be generation Y...
>> No. 17387

Ah, okay, I didn't research before posting any of this, I guess my usage is slightly nonstandard. By "internet generation" I meant people who have been using the internet since they were young, regardless of whether they were born before or after its inception. I think I'm older than a lot of the ponies here...
>> No. 17388
This is definitely nice.

I like this post, it not only explains that we should take this experience on the Internet and help the whole world with it, this post also shows us some great ways to keep going if it all ends.

I have to say, as a possible maniac who regularly wants to violently kill many many people in various grusome ways, I find that this is one of the few things that can set my mind at rest, and it allows me to love and enjoy the world, all of it. If this single show can more or less save me in this way, I sudden in anticipation at what it could do for mankind...

Thanks, Inkwell. You are quite the guy.
>> No. 17389
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^^; Thanks for the kind words. Here's to not going on gruesome killing sprees.

Epilogue: they all got sprayed with tasty applesauce
>> No. 17390
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You know, I've seen a lot of this myself and it actually makes me rather proud to be a brony :3
>> No. 17391
Awesome. <3
>> No. 17392
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kindness is ponies is love is friendship is the world unknown
>> No. 17393
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Yep, I can definitely relate to all you said up there. Not even a month ago I used to regard pretty much everypony and everything around me with mistrust and cynicism, but this show, and especially the community built around it have started to change that, and that in turn has made me happier. Seeing all the love and caring shared in here makes me feel... I dunno, it just makes me... hopeful. I still can't quite put my finger down on what it makes me hopeful about, but it does.

This may all sound super corny, but fuck it, I feel great. I love this place, I love you guys.
>> No. 17394
Best part is, this show has sparked my love of art once more. and now I've been talking to a lot of fantastic peeps. ILU ALL
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bamp for dis
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>> No. 17397
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This is the most beautiful, poignant statement I've read here in a while. I wholeheartedly agree that these lovable ponies were the right catalyst at the right time. As a whole generation, we were very bitter, cynical, and jaded, but all of that changed, all thanks to one marvelous television program.

This is our own little revolution; a chance to better ourselves and the world around us through the extraordinary power of love, empathy, and compassion.

Thank you for saying what was at the back of all of our minds, Inkwell.
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>read this thread while listening to http://endlessvideo.com/watch?v=1DvrB3BO4LE

God dammit; I love you guys.
>> No. 17399
>>even if it hasn't made the lame walk and the blind see, it's made the shy talk and the bitter squee.

Somepony should send that to Lauren Faust.
>> No. 17400
That was beautiful...
>> No. 17401

ponies : making the world 20% cooler
>> No. 17402
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> I sit back and wait for the parasprites to show up

This is weirdest part of ponychan for me. I post something and brace for impact. It never happens.

I'm slowly learning that not all of the internet is /b/ with more polite words.
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>> No. 17404
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My congratulations, Inkwell, this is one of the best things I've read in Ponychan. I wholeheartedly agree and support your message to all bronies.
>> No. 17405
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I know how you feel man. I'm 28.
Ponies are all "I'm 21 and I'm so old for this fanbase"
>> No. 17406
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I just read this before going to school..my day is already looking good
>> No. 17407
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I completely agree with you 100% OP, this place is truly a wonderful place, where everypony who shows true feeling and actually wants to be friendly and nice, can do so knowing that they have the ponychan community behind them. Time and time again have i seen this website help those in need, give shoulders to cry on, praise ponies for their accomplishments, and just be loving and accepting to everypony who comes our way.

I love everypony here, i love you, i love the posters, i love MLP:FiM, and i love everything that is the Elements of Harmony.

yall are wonderful wonderful ponies!

*hugs everypony*
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this is my face sans heavy caked make-up and ballet themed attacks.

I feel lucky.
>> No. 17411
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People talk about the early teens as being the best years of our lives, but the social dynamics can kinda kill that. The great thing about being in your twenties is that you can decide for yourself what is "age appropriate".

*brohoof for fellow 20-something*
>> No. 17417
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>I'm slowly learning that not all of the internet is /b/ with more polite words.

Oh, so well said! Sometimes the whole world seems that way. Various travels and business deals have taught me that there's always somepony looking to stab you in the back. Bad relationships have taught me that there's always somepony looking to kick you when you're down. But I'm doing my best now to still think the best of people, to not be suspicious and afraid, because I know deep in my heart that most people aren't like that. It would be letting the treacherous people win if their actions prevented me from enjoying the love of trustworthy people.
>> No. 17418
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That post... It's so beautiful that it compels me to smile for a whole week
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Well well, what have we here?
This seems like a pretty nice feel-good thread.
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o_o You can comment on archived posts?
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