Source: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Season 1, Episode 1. Friendship is Magic, Pt. 1. Airdate: 10-10-2010
Most sociologists would agree that the pillars of Western civilization as we know it are crumbling at a rapid rate, and have been for some time. Some mystics claim that the reason that the Mayan calendar ends today is that that is the end of the current age, and the beginning of a new one.
Is it a mere coincidence that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic premiered just two short years before this fateful turning of the tide is prophesied to occur?
Probably, but it’s fun to pretend it’s not!
I like to think that after our civilization finally collapses, (whether it happens at the coming Mayan Apocalypse or at a later date), it will rise again like Philomena from her ashes, more glorious than ever before, and rebuild itself using the glorious magic of friendship.
It’s possible! After all, civilizations are built, not out of bricks, but out of the hearts and minds of those living within them. At the very core of any civilization is how individuals treat one another and expect to be treated. Interpersonal dynamics are what My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is all about, and I like to dream of a future where ponies, and friendship lessons are the very foundations of the civilization – The Empire of the Sun and Moon.
Maybe – just maybe – children a thousand years from now will walk through their town squares, point to the great stone statues depicting Celestia and Luna, and ask their parents if there is a story behind the two horsies, and the yin-yang of the sun and moon that they encircle. Maybe one father will kneel down to tell his daughter how, when Discord crashed our stock markets, launched our nukes, censored our Internet, pepper sprayed protestors, and unleashed the superflu, the Sun and Moon came down from the sky as alicorns and defeated the Evil dragonequus using only Laughter, Loyalty, Generosity, Kindness, Honesty, and Magic. Maybe if there’s time, he’ll even tell of Luna’s fall from grace and eventual redemption.
“Did that really happen, Dad?” The child will ask, and he will respond, addressing her by her given name – one of the most popular names of the 31st century.
“Actually, Pinkamena,” He’ll say, “It’s probably just a story.”
“Where does it come from?” She’ll ask,
He will scratch his head and casually reply, “Nobody knows.”
I picture then that a truck will pull into the square ringing a series of bells that chime a catchy tune, and the girl’s face will light up. The father will dig into his change purse, as he makes his way through the sea of children gathering around the truck. He knows that he won’t get any peace for the rest of the day unless he can manage to cough up two bits to procure for his daughter some warm apple cider.
Help! My Heart is Full of Pony! is a column featuring reflections on love, tolerance, friendship, (and in this case, extremely whimsical thinking).
This particular editorial originally appeared on the Real Men Watch My Little Pony Facebook page in October of 2011.