Copied and saved into my Pony folder.
Been into pony fandom for a few months now and been asked several times: why do you love these ponies? Are you just paraspriting? Are you pony?
I tell them to watch the series OR, since I have no better words to describe it: Because Pony.
Might sound a bit paraspritish or even ignorant but I honestly can't come up with anything better.
Pony is the one word that can describe those bundle of phenomens and feelings that are cruising the net and spread like a wildfire.
Pony is the word that means all the goodness and positive feelings I haven't exceprienced on the internet for so so many years (myself being a veteran net-pony).
If you don't mind, I would tell a personal story of how one pony learns in life.
A few years ago I was on a holiday where I ran into a guy who was my classmate back in highschool. We were pretty good friends back then, but we both changed, argued more over pitty little things and due to our studies we ended up in different cities and after a while we simply stopped communicating.
Now we met again because we were both invited by a mutual friend to the same weekend house.
That night we managed to argue again, almost ending up in a fight like two immature colts. Funny twist of events is that at the end of the night we had to sleep in the same room due to lack of space in the house.
There we were, lieing on a sack, we were both half-asleep when suddenly he said, with all the darkness and sadness I have ever heard in his voice: There is no God.
When he said that I felt a strong grip on my heart. Suddenly I felt dark and lonely, reminded me of all the bad things that happened to me in my life, the cruelty of the world and how sad I can be.
That was the moment when out of nowhere, I felt a spark. I opened my eyes and said:
If there's no God, then we have to look after each other.
We haven't talked to each other since then nor do I long to meet him again. But still, through him, that moment started something in me.
I felt like I have to take care of the people around me. I don't have to hurt people just because I can. That being nice is not lame.
That was many years ago and the spark started to faded. I started losing my faith in myself and the world around me.
Then I saw these little ponies and after many months now, I feel that spark is stronger than ever in me.
I don't know if there's a God out there somewhere and probably the first time in my life, I don't even care.
All I need to know I know already. T
People, and through them the world, can be changed. Living here can be better just by being nice to each other.
If such pits of the internet like 4chan and similar sites can be changed, if people who only cared to mock and parasprite everything turn into faithful bronies, then we have the key.
Like OP, I never felt so tied to a community on the internet like this before. I feel free.
I don't know how long will it last or how this pony fandom will turn out over the course of time but I know it made me a better person and I am happy to be part of all that is Pony.
Dear OP, who inspired me to write down all this:
My name is Richard and I am damn proud to call myself a Brony.