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Buttercup Dew explores the underlying philosophy of
Friendship is Magic.
Praise for My Nationalist Pony:
"might just be the best pony related ass kicker around"
"an inspiring person"
"a tempting ideologue for the nationalist way of life"
"really impressed.. very interesting"
"I thoroughly enjoy [My Nationalist Pony], a great writer"
"I’d probably ask you out on a date"
"put into words something that I’ve been trying to, very eloquently"
"various, well-written articles, cute pictures of Ponies"
"My Nationalist Pony has, once again, astounded me"
"a clever brony, that much is certain"
And then I said, nationalism? Are you CRAZY?!
yy22 said: i thought you were just a weird fruit previously but after hearing your voice i reckon you're a cutie
Bahah I am, but I’m not posting face pics for obvious reasons.
stop-the-bats said: What's your opinion on Rarity? We haven't seen much of her on this blog.
This blog is mainly a philosophy blog, I just use ponies as my jump off point. Because I love ponies. Dem sweet pone stallions.
I think Rarity is probably the least neurotic of the ponies - She has a stable family, a solid profession, she’s good at coping with her anxieties by being theatrical (something I’m obviously a fan of).
I wrote about Pinkie Pie & Rarity contrasting each other a while back as part of a reply on the At The Gala episode. I have a lot of love for Rarity and can identify very strongly with her as a naturally generous person, (how else do you think I get motivated to write this blog so extensively, :D), so lets look at what I wrote then and stand it off with what I know now:
Pinkie Pie is recharged by wonderment at the universe, Rarity by the admiration and adulation of others. Pinkie is theatrical because she acts as she feels, Rarity, because she acts according to how she wants others to feel.
Rarity I suppose could be misinterpreted as narcissistic and obsessed with status & society, or possibly manipulative. But this is overlooking her disposition and driving force of generosity - Generosity unwanted and ignored, to Rarity, is kryptonite.
My hunch is a strong part of the reason Rarity wants to be socially successful is so she can share that with her friends and enhance their quality of life through provision. And a very strong component of why she’s so theatrical and attention seeking is because she wants her friends to notice the effort she puts herself through for them.
If Rarity isn’t getting enough attention or complimenting her, to her mind she must be failing to be a beautiful person who can provide shelter and support; the type of pony everypony should know. She envisions an archetypal ideal friend, and strives towards it for the sake of her friends. The flipside of this is that she moderates all true feelings through this filter, which is a perfectly OK way to be really if one is strong enough and has good enough friends to make it sustainable. But it can leave poor Rarity feeling a little.. strained, at times, which comes through in her voice.
Rarity to me is one of the shows more subtle characters - You’re right, we haven’t seen much of her, so I hope this post has made up for it.
Best regards, B
My Nationalist Pony Podcast 2 - Cutiemarks & Humility before things greater than yourself, and Everyone Being a Special Snowflake
Incidentally my last podcast now has exactly 100 complete plays from those who have listened all the way through - Thank you to those who have listened, and hopefully you will find this silly ramble as equally interesting.
Talk to you next time
tsicar said: Hey Buttercup! I FUCKING LOVE YOUR BLOG, even though I'm not into the pony shit myself (but I CAN SYMPATHISE). Anyway, my question: whilst MLP may seem to be a bastion of homogeneity, what did you gather from the inclusion of the obvious Negroid zebra-thing on Season 1, Episode 9 — as well as the whole you-should-not-judge-book-by-cover-blah-blah-blah-individualism-FTW message surrounding it? :\
Yeah My Little Negroids, don’t you know you’re my very best Token..
Applebloom! I told you never to say that word!!
Nice little detail is that they are only scared of Zecora when they think she’s another pony - A really
ugly spooky pony. With garish stripes.
What the opening bit basically discusses is the culture clash. Especially Rarity.
When they think she is a pony - With the same Stuff White People Like dispositions - Zecora appears to them as a complete freak, someone so ill-disposed towards their kinfolk they present themselves as the antithesis of it - Such a person can be logically thought of as warped, sinister, evil, etc, as they would be rejecting completely their innate virtues, vices & being.
When they learn that Zecora is a different race to them, they stop freaking out a bit and the cause of their anxiety transfers to the fact she lives in the Everfree Forest. Zecora goes from being a really messed up individual, to merely different. After that it’s fear of the unknown, in the Creepy Creepy Forest.
When they learn she didn’t actually curse them, it’s a case of ‘Oh. OK then. Er, you’re weird and whatever, but seeing as you live all the way out here in this ridiculous forest we don’t go to because we’re civilised ponies who don’t want to live in a fucking shack. So youknow, seeing as you’re only here to buy sneakers occassionally, I guess we can put up with you in Ponyville.’
Incidentally, I really like the subtle undertones of Flutterguy’s Pinkie Jazz piece - Using black music and a black singer to riff on how crazy the Zebra witch doctor is. It’s meta funny.
Applejack reminds me she’s my bestest beloved pony by asking, ‘Will somebody please talk normal?’
I’m not really fussed about this episode - It says “It’s the contents of a pony that count.” And Zecora isn’t a pony, so I’m guessing she counts for nothing.
This Ep tells us that it’s the content of character that counts, sure - But it also shows us that different races have different character traits.
Again, the moment they realised Zecora wasn’t a pony they stopped thinking she was a mentalist, but realised she looked and acted different because it suited her to do so, because she was a different type of creature altogether biologically. (This is what I was talking about in my last podcast, incidentally, for those of you who haven’t listened to it).
Episode: 100% Aryan Pride.
See you later, Buttercup
Hear my sexy British voice
Impromptu, unscripted and slightly nervous podcast - I talk about the Season 3 finale, Nature Vs Nurture, and Cutiemark destinies for 10 minutes.
(For those of you who don’t understand, this is an analogy that draws upon the My Little Pony mythos. Twilight has had continual humility before Princess Celestia, and eventually earned divine right of monarchy. She is physically transformed into something of an angel with the addition of wings. The cutiemark crusader trio are at the very opposite end of the spectrum, and aspire to discover what they are fit for and where they have a responsibility to be useful, and do so through continual acceptance of themselves, their situations, and the struggle they are duty bound to. The My Little Pony meta-narrative of divinity is that the world is harmonious, if everyone has a bedrock of humility upon which to build other virtues. It is a strongly Christian message - Christ could have come down from the cross at any moment and burned the earth with cleansing flame, but instead chose to humble himself to a greater purpose). - B
ysbryda-deactivated20130625 said: I guess I kind of see where you're coming from (vaguely), but I think that nostalgic conservatism inherently leads to bullshit.
That’s great, but you’re a self described ‘straight cis’ asexual, autistic depressive and left-libertarian (LOL) so youknow, I don’t care, because you’re basically fucked in the head and not the sort of person who’s worth listening to (at all).
Take care now.
Proverbs 19:20 ~
Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.