Editors Note: Just a reminder to people that this article, Help! My Heart is Full of Pony is a once a week article that talks about the love and tolerance aspect of the community. Indeed not everyone within the community follows said ideals, so if love and tolerance ain’t your thing, kindly skip over. If you’re going to read and argue points, keep it civil. And the views shared by this editorial are not always the views shared by everyone under the DHN banner, as we don’t represent any sides of the community. Thank you.
Full editorial after the page break.
A lot of people say this fandom is going to Heck in a Hoofbasket, that Love and Tolerance doesn’t mean anything to people anymore. I can’t count the number of complaints I’ve heard about the behavior of “popular” or “powerful” bronies who have lost their way, (or who were on the wrong path to begin with)—people who aren’t in it for the love of My Little Pony at all, but rather, the love of themselves. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen gossip about the behavior of these and other bronies cited as irrefutable evidence of the supposed downward spiral of our entire fandom.
Everyday I see tremendous acts of kindness, friendship, and charity going on in the brony community. People helping each other when they’re down, people giving like crazy for noble causes, people sharing stories about how the show peeled the scales from their eyes and made them see the true value of friendship, the power of hope, and the nobility of kindness. Those are the bronies I see, and not a day goes by when you guys don’t bring a smile to my heart.
The fandom isn’t a hoof full of people running popular websites, organizing conventions, or making popular music.
The fandom is you.
Let those who are power hungry play their little games. Let those who only want attention have their 15 minutes. None of that really matters.
If you ever get the feeling that some bad apples are poisoning your cider, and you start to think ill of the whole batch, do yourself a favor and stop. Try to remember what does matter. Think back. Once upon a time you decided to give My Little Pony a chance, (for whatever reason). You saw those candy colored horses learning lessons about friendship, and it touched something in you. It made you smile.
Nopony can take that away from you.
If you don’t like the direction the fandom is heading, speak up rather than bemoan its fate. If you see somepony being mean to somepony else, say something! Tell them that it’s not cool for us to tear each other down. After all, if you don’t speak up, who will? The fandom isn’t some puppet on a string controlled by those in charge of the most popular online brony hangouts. You are the lifeblood of the community. Act like it. Be proud.
All that was beautiful about the fandom a year and a half ago is not gone, (though occasionally, it may be overshadowed by drama and the ambitions of those who seek to exploit the popularity of the show). It’s still strong amongst the people in the fandom who take this friendship stuff seriously, (and believe me, there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of us). The simple fact that you and others like you care about the direction the fandom is heading in—the fact you want us to be the best bronies we can be—that’s proof alone that we are strong.
However, if as the years go by and the fandom swells, the day really does come when the bronysphere is an all around sour place, it’s up to you to keep the light of “what we once were” alive. To remember. To pass it on. If you do that, then it no longer becomes a story of “what we once were,” but rather a message of “what we continue to be”, and a hope for “what we strive to be.”
Don’t be shy about doing your part. Be a voice of hope and of optimism in the community. You don’t have to be a power player in the brony world, or even be good with words to make that voice heard. You just have to be kind. And friendshipy. If you look back to the now highly mythologized “glory days” of the early fandom, you’ll see that that’s what made us great to begin with – kindness and friendship.
So even if all you have to contribute is the equivalent of a mere 2.5 Wing Power, do it, and do it with all your heart.
I promise you it makes all the difference in the world.