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Dowlphin

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    Rock farm, Germaney
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    The glass is full! No empty! No full! Now it's empty again. No wait, I think it's full again!
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  1. It's a tough lesson to learn about fandoms and people in general. One might wonder why such people are even in the fandom to begin with if they sound like hostile infiltrators trying to destroy it from within. But that's fandom for you. People have all kinds of reasons for joining. Some are like show villains, and being inspired cannot be expected. The life advice forum ( https://mlpforums.com/forum/38-life-advice/ ) might be a good place to talk about your case in more detail.
  2. A while ago, briefly, this worked. Now it's broken again. Apparently the format was changed and the link codes are always a lot shorter, but it's still peculiar how the link code is a different one if I view the e-mail as plain text compared to HTML. Example: Plain text: https://mailmare.mlpforums.com/paubfm/SFKAlbIa HTML: https://mailmare.mlpforums.com/paubfm/fMteBkKM
  3. Gave the whole thing a meta-like paint.
  4. Yeah, that bothered me a little too, but not because I found it not believable. It was just painful to watch. Common people are often like that. Yes, sure, there's a princess and she has friends, and she saved Equestria or something, but you know, they have other stuff to care about. What do they actually know. Yeah, people are that shocking sometimes. I learned the hard way. The show has always focused so much on the main cast that it masked the rest of the population. So in a way the critique works the other way, too, even though not necessarily fair: What does the mane 6 actually know about the common ponies out there? They did get a taste every now and then though. I found that Manehattan episodes were always a good reality check. Now I remember I actually made a blog entry about one in this context:
  5. Then you better stay far away from me. I'm a puntheist. Although I recommend you just enjoy the hay fever.
  6. Controversation tail-made to breed horsetility.
  7. I'm totally in love with the song now, and it has given me the energy to even partially watch the episode several times, which I normally don't do anymore. There is one segment in the song that strangely catches my attention every time, dunno whether you noticed: When Twilight is singing while looking at her book, that felt so much like typical regular music video techniques where the singer is doing something unrelated/mundane while singing the lines. Gave me a mild déjà vu feeling, especially with that enthusiastically-confident look of hers. Maybe it reminds me of a scene from a very specific music video, but I'd have no idea which. It's just a total magic moment for me. reference:
  8. http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/Flawless (I still think Pinkie said jump, not joke. It makes more sense to me that she jumps around because she is so happy, not jokes around. The former is a pure expression of joy, the latter more of an entertainment agenda, more from the head. But the lyrics aren't a masterpiece, so who knows?)
  9. The song has that pop style from Equestria Girls and seems to borrow various more specific style elements from one or two of them. (Dunno the specific title, but very much at the beginning I thought I definitely have heard this before.)
  10. Well, it was hinted that they'd deal with that problem eventually. How and whether successful will be for the viewer's imagination. One can also imagine several reasons why the writers left it out. Time constraints, connection to real life, continuity difficulty (wanting to keep it mostly an isolated event), a message that you cannot resolve everything and need to accept and live with some/many things.
  11. The episode is also art in that it offers people an empathic experience regarding the type of fans aimed at. Watching that mass insanity is painful, and you might go: "What warranted this suddenly?". That's how it makes the writers feel. When the mane 6 sing their beautifully uplifting song and then right after it - BAM - NOTHING received, that moment really sucked, right? You go: "This is becoming horribly cynical if not even an episode's highlight can solve the problem anymore". That is how it makes the writers feel. Over 20 minutes you are having their experience, so that you hopefully understand them and recognize the value of what's important about the show. And the end was conveying the lesson of how to avoid overextending. Did you notice Applejack was first in mentioning they need to deal with the problem at hand, and Twilight said she should stay in the friendship moment? Applejack sang in the song that she has a tendency of wanting to please everypony. The mane 6 there had to focus on their close friendship to recharge their spiritual batteries for a bit in the face of overwhelming hostility. I myself certainly had and still have to learn in a painful way that it is alright to give up hope on some people or to lose respect. It is a bow of appreciation to the good things in you that said people do not appreciate. They can eventually pick up the bread crumbs if they're lucky. They would just choke on more than that. Going all missionary on them would only feed the insatiable and signal that they have power over you, which is what the whole madness is based on. Sometimes it is wiser to let people stew in their own juice.
  12. Should I ignore this statement of yours so as to not risk having it influence my own opinion? ;-)
  13. You make it sound like it's always bad.
  14. First, the theme of the episode seemed excessive in the execution. But it's not exactly rare that the writers do that and go all the way, like here with what amounts to mass insanity, making one wonder why the mane 6's popularity never seemed to have been received like this before the book publishing. Second, the episode obviously conveys the point that if you adress the masses, better not let them know you too well and let you not know them too well. It's not desirable and not good, but sometimes the world can be tough as nails. But these situations are exactly where one has to decide to make an effort, to not just swim with the current, because the water stinks. Identify what is your sphere of responsibility and what is others and then avoid overextending. Going out of your way is commendable, but responses to that should be taken as indicators of whether it is appreciated. Which leads me to the third point: This episode could almost be seen as a critique of the MLP fandom (but also of society and fandoms in general). And it is also how I feel about it sometimes. People have all kinds of reasons for liking the show, but the probably most valuable and most-needed part is often not really taken to heart. Or mind, if you will. Actually making an effort to make the spirit of Equestria come to life not just in easy but especially also in testing times, through honing character, I often felt that missing, including after my observations and experiences at conventions. In spiritual lingo one would say "bliss junkies". The eventual song number took me a minute to thaw to because it was so bluntly thrown against the problem, and I could predict the (non)reaction to it (At one point I cynically thought that after it the rabble would probably ask for free concert tickets.), but it was a really nice, uplifting piece whose lyrics at times also felt to me like adressing the fandom. Felt a bit like a celebratory review to a last season actually, like a looking back at a long journey. Which made it even more touching. They also contained some headscratchers though. Do they really like what's flawed about people or do they have an easy time overlooking it when willingness to work on oneself is there? And Dashie's cocky confidence gives her the courage to fail? I thought she always had that and it was to not-quite cover up her fear of failure. (Little gem from me here: Failure is that which is at war with failure.) Very nice conclusion: Just accept that you cannot adress the masses with high virtue material and expect it to be integrated. Unsurprisingly then it was foals who were still open to it, and those who are are the ones deserving to receive your attention and energy. The episode is also art in that it offers people an empathic experience regarding the type of fans aimed at. Watching that mass insanity is painful, and you might go: "What warranted this suddenly?". That's how it makes the writers feel. When the mane 6 sing their beautifully uplifting song and then right after it - BAM - NOTHING received, that moment really sucked, right? You go: "This is becoming horribly cynical if not even an episode's highlight can solve the problem anymore". That is how it makes the writers feel. Over 20 minutes you are having their experience, so that you hopefully understand them and recognize the value of what's important about the show. And the end was conveying the lesson of how to avoid overextending. Did you notice Applejack was first in mentioning they need to deal with the problem at hand, and Twilight said she should stay in the friendship moment? Applejack sang in the song that she has a tendency of wanting to please everypony. The mane 6 there had to focus on their close friendship to recharge their spiritual batteries for a bit in the face of overwhelming hostility. I myself certainly had and still have to learn in a painful way that it is alright to give up hope on some people or to lose respect. It is a bow of appreciation to the good things in you that said people do not appreciate. They can eventually pick up the bread crumbs if they're lucky. They would just choke on more than that. Going all missionary on them would only feed the insatiable and signal that they have power over you, which is what the whole madness is based on. Sometimes it is wiser to let people stew in their own juice. P.S.: At this point I thought: Oh yeah, Dashie, REALLY skillful attempt at a disguise, especially for you. P.P.S. (Pinkie Pie scriptum):
  15. My take after thinking about it: It's realistic. Look how much positive energy it took for the mane 6 to grow and hone their character. The crazy masses there are triggered by that book release, which brought to the surface what had been slumbering most of the time. (You only learn a person's true character when tested.) Those ponies might never learn. If there is no will, there is nothing you can do. I'm even glad about the flaws. As the episode itself conveyed, although maybe in a somewhat different direction, those flaws are like a test, a rocky coast on which the rigid mind's ship will shatter. It is part of the show's nature and should find the disapproval of those who could use a focus adjustment. Such minds will use obsessing over flaws as a distraction from the good stuff. The good stuff opens the heart. If the mind closed the heart to avoid pain, it will pretend the good stuff is bad because it causes pain; or will outright go into denial of it. MLP is cathartic medicine for a widespread affliction. P.S. (Pinkie scriptum): But maybe a picture can convey this better. Have one: The journey is only for getting to the point where you realize you are already there.