More ponies!

A friend with a mantle full of ponies explains how she’ll never run out of room:

Yes, I don’t need more ponies. Except I kind of do. It’s funny how much power this silly thing has to make me happy. I can’t quite explain why it does — when asked, I kind of wave my hands and talk about how it’s cute, and there are pretty colors, and the character and “set” designs are pleasant to look at, and the stories are good … but I think there’s something more to it. I think the fact that the fundamental values promoted by so many episodes (kindness, honesty, generosity, the value of hard work, that making people happy is good, being true to who you are is good, it’s best to deal with a jerk by not becoming one yourself, courage, sticking by those you care about) are important virtues and ones that I sometimes see being neglected in other areas of our culture. So I think part of it is that it’s a nice escape for me — an escape into a world that is in some ways better than our own, where ponies tend to behave better than people. (I can only hope that all the children who watch the show are positively influenced by it, and may behave better as teens/adults as a result.) It’s funny: I would never say the show is “preachy” but it does a good job of bringing home or reinforcing whatever value it wants to teach.

And all this despite the show’s avowed mission:

And yeah, I get that it’s fundamentally a show to drive toy sales, but they’ve done such a good job with making it seem like something more.

By now, I think it’s evolving beyond that; were Hasbro suddenly sucked into a black hole and never seen again — which I, of course, do not recommend — we’d still have pony, and lots of it, for the rest of our days. Or at least the rest of mine, which are likely to be fewer.

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