Rainbow and Fluttershy helping (S02E24)

Most people want to do good, especially by their friends. Why then are there so many people who are incapable of coming through for friends in need? Why is a good friend such a rare gem?

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The fact of the matter is that friendship is bucking hard, and helping people is a royal pain in the flank. If you let a friend crash at your place for a couple of weeks, it’s a massive inconvenience for you; (even Applejack and Rarity were at each other’s throats just from having to spend a single night under the same roof during a storm). If you buy a friend a sandwich, that means one less sandwich for you at the end of the week. Getting up early to help somepony move house is a gesture of friendship and devotion, but it means sore muscles, aching bones, and loss of much needed sleep.

However, life isn’t about sleep, nor is it about sandwiches. It is a process of collecting experiences and the memories that come with it. Five years from now are you going to look back fondly and remember the time that you grabbed a couple extra hours of sleep, or are you going to remember that time that you and a friend busted your flanks together moving house, and the room full of unopened boxes that you split a warm beer in afterwards? Those are the moments that bring us together. They are everything.

Someday those memories may even be all we have. That’s why helping out a friend in need is really a privilege in disguise. For bronies, it’s also an honor, or at least it can be if we choose to look at it as an opportunity to put the virtues of the show into action – a chance to do more than just watch My Little Pony, but to actually live all the things we love about it. To live the magic of friendship. To live pony.

That warm feeling you get when you watch ponies coming through for one another as friends – many of us hunger for it. We seek to relive it in discussions, in art, and in music because we don’t want it to end when the 22 minutes are up.

It doesn’t have to.

That joy we feel when Rarity wipes the mud from her eyes and reveals that she had been the one who’d been participating in the Sisterhooves Social all along; that smile that came to our faces when Pinkie Pie’s hair poofed out upon realizing that her friends hadn’t been betraying her at all, but had actually been planning her own surprise party; that rush we felt when we first saw Rainbow Dash overcome her performance anxiety and dive into a flawless sonic rainboom to save Rarity and the Wonderbolts – those feelings are all real, and they amount to more than just a series of well-executed scenes.

They are us!

That feeling is the goodness in our own hearts awakening and saying “Yes! This is how it’s supposed to be!” The thing is: it actually can be that way if you seize those opportunities to live pony, and pounce on any chance you can to help out a friend in need.

Buck sleep. Buck sandwich greed. Buck inconvenience. Collect experiences that you will be proud to look back on. If you take those pony feelz with you where ever you go, they become weapons of peace. You can use them to make the world a better place one friendship at a time.


Help! My Heart is Full of Pony! is a new column featuring reflections on love, tolerance, friendship, and other pony feelz.

  • Anonymous

    What has happened to this site? Please just stop.

    • Anonymous

      MLPG pls go.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t usually pay much attention to these sites but goddamn DHN, I had volumes more respect for you because you seem to be less infested by the hugbox circlejerk mentality that infests EQD.

    What’s with this forced love and tolerance crap? You realise that its presence in this stupid fandom is a wretched farce don’t you?

    Also what’s with ‘feelz’? Did you actually just manage to take an obnoxious, over saturated meme and make it worse with the addition of Xtremely Kool Letterz? That’s probably worth some kind of trophy for pioneering new frontiers of unfunny.

    • Anonymous

      You’ve been tricked hard!

    • Anonymous

      yikes. i dont think poor ol sprocket can offer you the professional help you so clearly need. but at least you had the sense to write that lovely little rant anonymously–i’d be embarrassed too!

  • Zareg

    I love how kind you’ve all become as a whole.
    Kudos! ♪(ノ´∀`*)ノ

  • Anonymous



  • By all means, let’s chuck that virtue into the discard pile because somepony doesn’t exemplify it once in a while. In fact, let’s just toss out the lot and be done with it.

    Now what’s left?

  • Jody Morgan

    If there were a poll asking bronies what they thought of “love and tolerate”, I bet the votes for joke/anti-trolling tactic would outnumber the votes for trying to follow it in real life. Hence the main reason why I don’t use the word “brony” to describe myself anymore.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t use the word brony mostly because I don’t feel compelled to follow a pop ideology just because I happened to like a cartoon series. It’s not a matter of agreeing with a point or two. Whatever I value in my life is a bit more complicated than the bland, thoughtless sermon crap like this.

  • I almost cried proofreading this post.

  • Ah, nothing like the smell of butthurt in the morning.

    But seriously I know its the internet and all that, but if you’re going to get butthurt over a single weekly editorial that looks into the whole love and tolerance thing, you might have some issues.

    Its very simple, if this isn’t your thing, ignore it. This site has visitors from all corners of this fandom, from the bronies with their love and tolerance to the 4channers and redditors, obviously at certain points there will be conflict like this.

    But if you’re going to bitch in the comments, actually use a few of those brain cells and maybe argue the facts, cause the whole “hurr durr this sites gone to shit” aspect isn’t going to do anything. This site isn’t here to define the fandom, just report on it.

    And one article does not define the site. As said, don’t like it, ignore it. If you can’t do that, well then don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out, cause I’m sure as hell not doing this for fame and fortune, I don’t crave your pageviews, I mean hell its not like this place makes any money unlike a certain other popular site that makes four figures a month off your views.

    And yes in the end its only several individuals getting butthurt, but you know what, the more you rage the more I’m going to post stuff like this, just to troll those individuals.