Saturday, November 12, 2011

When real communities aren't allowed

What happens when people are no longer anchored in a tradition of their own? The answer, it seems, is that you get odd subcultures emerging which fill the need for identity and community.

There are young white men in America who are becoming juggalos and bronies. Juggalos are fans of a band called Insane Clown Posse (or other bands from the Psychopathic Records label). The following video gives you an idea of what juggalos are like (language warning):



And what are bronies? They are adult male fans of the TV show My Little Pony, which is aimed at 3 to 6-year-old girls. Bronies go into toy stores to collect figurines of the ponies; they post pictures of the ponies on facebook fan sites; and they have brony get-togethers. This is how a 32-year-old male speaks of the show:

First we can’t believe this show is so good, then we can’t believe we’ve become fans for life, then we can’t believe we’re walking down the pink aisle at Toys R Us or asking for the girl’s toy in our Happy Meal. Then we can’t believe our friends haven’t seen it yet, then we can’t believe they’re becoming bronies too."

He is raving about this:


Brony men haven't quite grown up to an adult masculinity. They are forming communities based on something childish and girly. Pity they aren't responsible members of a real community that would draw out higher aspects of their masculine nature.

41 comments:

  1. Any sense of tradition in Western culture has been de-legitimized and any expression of it is a giant "kick-me" sign. Expressions of patriotism are reduced to single-minute observed silences and meaningless symbols (retweet, share on facebook). Overt patriotism or identification with the historical cultural narrative draw sneering and lip-curling invectives of irony and cynicism (you see that stupid piece on veterans on fox news lolz).
    For reasons that many can guess, I made a decision a few months ago to join our armed forces in any capacity and regardless of the damage to my career. When asked the reasons for doing so I cited my painless path to American citizenship and my sense of duty to a nation and people that welcomed me with open arms. The table burst open with laughter.
    No wonder one of my best friends in high school was a juggalo, because he had nothing to identify with. It's why eminem, a white rapper from detroit is the biggest selling artist of the double aughts.

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  2. I'm glad you touched on this Mark.
    I have some infomation about both these sub cultures.
    First the bronies I actually have a close friend who is a 'bronie' he is in his twenties. He is however a heterosexual as far as I can tell and good with the ladies which makes it all more bizarre because My little pony isn't the only ridiculously childish thing he likes.
    My other friends have speculated he gets away with this because he's ethnic and draws on relationships with women from his ethnic group who don't seem to care.
    However myself and my Anglo friends are quite aware we wouldn't be able to get away with being "Bronies" with out being considered homosexual.

    The MLP obsession among men in their 20s stems from the really pathetically leftist and degenerate 4chan image boards.
    online leftists have this behaviour and belief that if they expose people to images of homosexuality, cuckoldism, pedophillia and MLP enough they will make these repugnant and ridiculous things normal.
    MLP is one successful brainwashing campaign by online leftists and shows if you spam images of rainbow unicorns enough and propagate the idea its acceptable for men to enjoy it, it will become a fad.

    About the Juggalos. I've read this elsewhere and agree there existance is a type of "acceptable" white male group.
    Why is it acceptable for white males to be juggaloos?
    It's because they appear more pathetic and ridiculous than the lowliest of ghetto blacks.
    It literally is a sub culture that celebrates being dumber than the dumbest black sub cultures.
    This is highly acceptable to liberals. For white males to humiliate themselves and position themselves beneath blacks.

    In another topic I posted a comment about the situation in Britian where the goverment cracked down on English males defending themselves and praised Sikh and muslims defending themselves.
    So basically masculine white males defending their community is outlawed in the west.

    The flip side is related to the Jugaloos and the OWS movement.
    These two groups are acceptable ways for white males to associate.
    This is because they are pathetic, emasculated, braindead and leftist aligned in the case of the OWS.

    So to conclude masculine, defensive, traditional value holding white male groups is basically outlawed in the west.
    While harmless , emasculated, high as a kite commies and clowns is Government backed.
    It is goverment backed because Obamas government supports the OWS and no doubt supports Juggaloos aswell...

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  3. Its not only males, or white males, that are involved in stupid clubs these days though.

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  4. @Jesse
    You are right about that the Japanese have nearly everyone beat when it comes to stupid sub-cultures.
    Though even their cultures like Otaku fandom is creeping into western culture. At least we don't have hikikomori. Hikikomori is literally the ultimate form of male submission to everything.

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  5. Anyone want to join my Vampire appreciation club?

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  6. When the real thing isn't allowed, a perverted form appears to satisfy the hunger. Heck I even heard that the reason there are so many sports maniacs is because that is the only form of identity that won't be excessively attacked by political correctness. But that is also something else entirely because modern sports seems like the modern version of ancient Roman fighting matches designed to distract the populace. As the Western world becomes Balkanized expect lines to accelerate. We'll see more video game fanatics and other sub-groups coming about.

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  7. And by no means interpret my comment as codemming sports. Far from it. Sports is a worthwhile masculine pursuit. I'm only reflecting on how because communities aren't allowed people concentrate in, and become devout to, certain pursuits (e.g. sports, video games, ponies, clowns). Sometimes this obsession is out of control and vearing on unhealthy.

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  8. There are young white men in America who are becoming juggalos and bronies.

    How sad. )=

    Brony men haven't quite grown up to an adult masculinity. They are forming communities based on something childish and girly. Pity they aren't responsible members of a real community that would draw out higher aspects of their masculine nature.

    Indeed.

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  9. Its sad that we elevate choice and lifestyle choice, to the highest levels of prominence and self importance in terms of people’s identities, and then all some people can come up with are these idiotic ideas. These stupid ideas, however, are just one expression of the larger mistaken idea that your choice about who you want to be, or your lifestyle, should be one of the most important and defining things about you.

    Lifestyle choice as a means of self definition is in many ways meaningless because if we can chose to become one thing one day we can chose to unbecome it the next, and consequently its not a secure basis for self definition or identity. The world might open up to us in one sense in that we might have the option to become anything we want, but at the same time it closes down because the choices or commitments we make are shallow and lack real or deep substance. An individuals “choice” is no basis for personal identity. We can’t just “make” our identities. We can’t be defined as individuals primarily by our personal interests, pastimes or idiotic club memberships, regardless of how dominating in our lives they might be. Real identities are formed by deeper, more lasting ties, commitments and associations which are bigger than just the individual or their whims.

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  10. I remember someone who once said "When the white dudes learn to dance, everyone had better run for cover"

    What did he maean by this? There are two ways to express for most men to express masculinity in western society. The first is through the traditional role of male provider and achiever. This is the way men have been have expressing thier masculinity for most of twentieth century. It harnesed masculine energy to power the economy and drive innovation. However, this model has been undermined by economic changes, the rise of feminism and the systematic denigration of masculinity. The breakup of this form of masculine expression has resulted in men groping for meaning in subcultures, finding new ways to express status. The Bronies are like this, trying to find identities and a new way to express thier fitness. Its just a pathetic route that will eventually prove autotoxic.

    The second way is the path followed by more marginal communities, where the men often could not compete on an economic basis with the men from mainsteam communities. This is the path of machismo. It includes extravagant displays of masculine fitness, such as dancing, conspicuous consumption, violent behaviour and warrior tribalism. This is why young suburban white males are often attracted to hiphop culture. HipHop is aggressively masculine, and modern white culture is anything but.

    As the traditional western ideals are laid waste, and opportunities for white men to display thier fitness on a socioeconomic level dry up, they will begin to turn to machismo to compete. And in order to compete with the established machismos of certain minority communities, they will have become more extravagant, more violent to carve thier niche. And in an irony, these men will find a renewed identity in western values as a way of rebelling the left wing values of emasculation and culture cringe. Unfortunately, the values they embrace as they look for things to identify with will all to often come from the extreme end, the nazis, the bikers, or even strands of violent fundamentalism.

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  11. I have always wondered why a sneer or an insult is considered to be so very powerful, so powerful that in order to avoid these things many will betray their own most deeply held principles. Those who wish to defend the right order of things ought to consider such hatred on the part of the wicked a great honour. This is indeed the teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Anonymous at 3.50's idealism is very admirable, but he is quite mistaken in thinking that enlisting in the American army is a way of defending the remnants of Western Civilization. Quite the opposite in fact. The sad reality is that the soldiers, well-meaning as so many of them may be, are serving the interests of the International Judeo-Masonic Bankers who have ruled most of the world from behind the scenes for the last one hundred years at least, & whose chief objective is the utter destruction of God's Holy Church & the remnants of that great civilization which was based upon the Church's teachings, as they have always considered the Church to be their greatest enemy, & the only real obstacle to the attainment of their goal of world domination. One can see the contempt they have for the soldiers in the fact that their pentagon lackeys permit the use of depleted uranium in the manufacture of the most commonly used ammunition. This means that those who aren't killed in action will die over the course of the next ten or twenty years from some sort of cancer. The only way to stop them is for Catholics to become once again fervent, to really practise their Faith as their forefathers did in the Middle Ages. The alternative is for things to continue as they are, for the masses to go on living at an almost bestial level, living only for the next experience of pleasure, or to pile up a little more money &c., in which case one can only say that they will get the tyranny they deserve, as those who live only for this world will never have the courage to shake it off.

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  12. anon:
    "And in an irony, these men will find a renewed identity in western values as a way of rebelling the left wing values of emasculation and culture cringe. Unfortunately, the values they embrace as they look for things to identify with will all to often come from the extreme end, the nazis, the bikers, or even strands of violent fundamentalism."

    Yeah, I know I feel that conflict inside myself. When the husband/provider role and everything I ever held dear is routinely denigrated, it's easy & comforting to turn to Youtube and listen to Saga sing about Impossible Battles and Hail the New Dawn.

    And I don't even like Hitler.

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  13. The problem is that left has deconstructed and destroyed the more moderate aspects of white masculinity and western culture. The ones who have resisted this most strongly are from the extremes. So when the time comes to reconstruct a new white identity (and it will happen), it will be to the extremes that people will look.

    You can see an element of this in the United States, where southern white males have been the most resistant to reeducation and deconstruction. So now, conservative white males all over the united states are becoming southernised as they try and find meaning, adopting more of the positive and the negative aspects of souhtern whites. (and while the liberal media types love to exaggerate the negative aspects of this population, there are some very good aspects too) If the left hadn't been so thorough in trashing white identity then this process would not be happening now. Northern Whites would still have a proud and non defensive identity of thier own.

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  14. The distinction should be made that Jugaloos are an organised group like while "bronies" is just a bizarre cult following of a cartoon by fans.

    It all comes back to whats acceptable and not acceptable by the anti-white ruling powers.
    The bikies have had their right to associate made illegal but has anyone taken note that ethnic bikie gangs haven't?
    Blacks "gangsta" culture is celebrated and is one of the single biggest causes for increases in murder,drugs, theft and rape in world wide.
    Why is this culture allowed. Its always puzzled me.

    Its becoming so apparent now that there is one law for the western male and another law for everyone else. Its so apparent now we are seeing the bizarre formation of emasculated kosher groups nearly exclusively among young western males while young males of other cultures are dabbling in Supremacy and nationalist movements ie black supremacy, Pan-turkishism etc.

    I saw a video of anti war protest in England off another blog where a white englishman was harrassed and made to move along from the protest (which was apparently leftwing UAF) on suspicion of being EDL. Apparently the only evidence that he was EDL was the he was a white englishman.
    Crazily leftists around him were trying to convince the police he was not EDL just a "white bloke" and asking for some black people in the crowd to say they support him to clear the EDL "racist" label.

    Scary stuff as an Anglo Australia of mainly English ancestory you could not pay me enough to visit Britian now adays. I'd be afraid of getting arrested for being a white englishman. Its sad I will never visit my ancestors homeland and be able to enjoy it as they intended.

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  15. Tis sad that these sub cultures are filling a void. The minority status that the left/right give Islam is also attracting White Christian males and females...

    When I watched youtube and witnessed my UK brethren being harassed by police, and the minorities with swords and cricket bats being elevated I was disgusted. Just as I was disgusted by the media manipulation of the Cornulla riots.

    This will come back to bite the establishment hard one day, and they know it.

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  16. I am missing something. Why don't they send boys to one of the many all boy schools? Or, one of the many all boy clubs. Or, older boys to one of the many all boy colleges or universities? Or, the all male military. Anywhere so they can learn from men how to be men.

    Oh, wait a minute, I think I just figured it out.

    Anonymous age 69

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  17. The problem is that left has deconstructed and destroyed the more moderate aspects of white masculinity and western culture. The ones who have resisted this most strongly are from the extremes. So when the time comes to reconstruct a new white identity (and it will happen), it will be to the extremes that people will look.

    Interesting observation.

    I am missing something. Why don't they send boys to one of the many all boy schools? Or, one of the many all boy clubs. Or, older boys to one of the many all boy colleges or universities? Or, the all male military. Anywhere so they can learn from men how to be men.

    Oh, wait a minute, I think I just figured it out.

    Anonymous age 69


    If you're insinuating what I believe you are you should be ashamed of yourself.

    You can see an element of this in the United States, where southern white males have been the most resistant to reeducation and deconstruction. So now, conservative white males all over the united states are becoming southernised as they try and find meaning, adopting more of the positive and the negative aspects of souhtern whites. (and while the liberal media types love to exaggerate the negative aspects of this population, there are some very good aspects too) If the left hadn't been so thorough in trashing white identity then this process would not be happening now. Northern Whites would still have a proud and non defensive identity of thier own.

    Wow. =)

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  18. "And yet....no weapons, no matter how powerful, can help the west until it overcomes its loss of willpower. In a state of psychological weakness, weapons become a burden for the capitulating side. To defend oneself, one must also be ready to die; there is little such readiness in a society raised in the cult of material well-being. Nothing is left then, but concessions, attempts to gain time & betrayal." Alexander Solzhenitsyn, taken from his speech given at Harvard in 1978. This is what is wrong with modern western society. The decadent western democracies will fall to the more disciplined people of the east. While the west has been de-industrialized, the Russians & Chinese have built up their heavy industry. While the western armies have been fatally weakened by the forced acceptance of women & sodomite recruits, the military forces of the Russo-Chinese bloc have been strengthened every year. These bizarre sub-cultures that are now arising are the last dying gasps of the monstrous apostate west.

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  19. Previous anon, I don't know about China, but liberalisation of Russia is going full speed, with military and naval schools being opened to women for the first time. There are some traditional outlets, but the general population is fed liberalism daily through the mass media. On the other hand, this is combined with the raise of extremist groups, such as neo-nazi. As for the heavy industry, it was pretty much destroyed after the fall of SU and the current attempts to rebuild it have not been very successful as yet. What their future will be, it's difficult to say.

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  20. "While the west has been de-industrialized, the Russians & Chinese have built up their heavy industry."

    Are you kidding? The Russian economy is largely based on resource extraction - mainly oil and gas. Other than military equipment, their manufacturing sector is moribund and their manufactured goods suck.

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  21. There are some excellent comments made here.

    Anon 6:21,

    I appreciate your concern and faith but I would encourage you to be more optimistic in your outlook. It is not wrong for men to join the military and we are not just tools for bankers etc. Service in the military is an expression of faith in the Western tradition, not necessarily in all the practices, and it helps young men face and overcome many of the issues experienced and just referred to in the modern world. It also allows men to channel their rage and frustration into useful directions and through training and experience helps to equip them to hold power positions in society.

    On the point about ethnic gangs and white gangs being treated differently. I think its a case that white people/gangs are seen as a serious threat by those in power and so the law comes down heavier on them. Ethnics on the other hand are seen as little more than children, newly created and established groups that might negatively impact the lives of individuals in society but can't change the power structures because they're too inept and also psychologically dependant on the power structures whose theoretical justifications for power includes propping such people up. These ratbags when put on the spot know precisely how to play the victim card and victim status reinforces the state’s power rather than undermining it.

    I would suggest that there is one exception to this in terms of Muslim gangs/groups who are more likely to attract police or security intelligence attention at a higher level than other gangs, because as was said they’re seen in some respects as a serious threat. I believe that on average though the view is that ethnic gnags might stuff up but "boys will be boys" and its essentially a matter of personal/group dysfunction rather than potential societal power change. This of course illustrates how self serving the power groups of today are, if you're not an immediate threat… to them, then you're allowed to continue in your poor behavior and the responsibility gets shifted onto individuals to stay out of these gangs way.

    On the point about the traditional male role and machismo I think that this is an excellent comment and I'd like to comment on it in the next thread in relation to feminism.

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  22. Anonymous at 4.58 says that save for the manufacture of weaponry, the Russian manufacturing sector is moribund. Perhaps this is true, but the manufacture of armaments is much more important than anything else. The only reason that the Allies were able to defeat Germany in the Second World War was the incredible industrial capability of the U.S., the immense numbers of ships, bombers, artillery &c. which poured out of American factories. If it hadn't been for Roosevelt's helping Stalin by providing food, vehicles & so on, the Germans would have made short work of the Red Army & given Stalin & the other Communist beasts what they so richly deserved. Now the situation is reversed. The Russians have stockpiled thousands of ICBM's & can easily manufacture as many tanks, bombers, artillery, automatic rifles &c. as they could ever need. I rather highly doubt that the U.S. & the other western powers could do the same at this point. The crypto-communist traitors in the U.S., British, Australian &c. governments & their collaborators in the major corporations have pretty well made sure of that by moving everything to China, Vietnam, India &c., anyhow we may soon find out who is more formidable if the Zionists finally carry out their long-threatened attack on Persia. The Russians & Chinese are allied with the Persians, whilst the U.S. & Allies are with the Zionists of course.

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  23. Jesse 7, thank you for your kind reply to my comment, I pray that the Western nations will be converted, so that you & others do not end up wondering if it was worth it, as some of the British veterans of World War II have done in recent years. May God & His Most Holy Mother bless you.

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  24. Previous anon, I don't know about China, but liberalisation of Russia is going full speed, with military and naval schools being opened to women for the first time.

    Yes and no. Russia is already facing low-birth rates for example and felt the touch of liberalism during communism. I personally think that Russia is 50/50. It's in-between.

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  25. I'd prefer that my son watch My Little Pony, than, say, get involved with the police in not-so-positive ways.

    Oh well. This blog is just a giant conservative conspiracy circle-jerk anyway.

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  26. Western culture has created in us certain "Gender Roles." These roles define the male as strong and as the provider of the home. The male is interested in sports and cars, does not care about fashion or style, and drinks beer. These roles define the woman as weak and a care-giver of the home. She is to be confused by such things as cars and sports, but be interested in all things fashion and style. She does not drink beer, but has light cocktails.

    These roles identify also what kinds of things we have an interest in. Men cannot wear pink or other bright colors. Otherwise he is a homosexual and weak. Women who are interested in cars or who play sports are then butch lesbians or just want to be men.

    Gender roles have screwed up many people, including myself. I have a huge interest in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I have been known on occasion to wear nail polish. I have a slightly higher voice than most men. I hold myself in ways that others would call "homosexual." But I am not gay. I am very straight. Nor am I someone who just wants to be a woman.

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  27. Anon,

    What matters is that a man is connected to a masculine essence from which he derives meangingful ideals of being and behaviour.

    That's more important than what colour a society assigns to male or female or what the stereotypical hobbies of men and women might be.

    You have the potential to develop along masculine lines. It's my belief that it would deepen your identity and spirituality to do so. But ultimately that's something for you.

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  28. Hello!
    Brony here, just found your article and wanted to comment.

    First and foremost, you've got the wrong ponies in your picture there. The previous incarnations of the franchise like what you have there are a perfect example of everything that is wrong with girl's entertainment. It's mindless dreck, where 'girl' is considered a character and there is no real development or conflict.

    As far as being responsible members of a real community, perhaps you haven't seen any of our charity work. Recently Bronies raised $20K for children's cancer research, and now we're working on building hospitals and learning centers in third world countries so that people there can learn self-sufficiency and not have to turn to a life of crime.

    As far as the lack of masculinity, I'll let show creator Lauren Faust speak for me:
    "As a group, they have not succumbed to society's pressure that young men must hold contempt for anything feminine no matter what. They've been able to see beyond the preconceived notions that they were most likely raised with to judge something for its merit. And to top that, they are brave enough to embrace it openly despite the ridicule that they are undoubtedly subject to."

    I have enough confidence in my own masculinity that I don't find it threatened by ponies.

    And I'm certain that you wouldn't refer to those Bronies serving overseas in our armed forces as lacking in masculinity, would you?

    As long as I'm here, anyone have any questions for me? I'm happy to clear up any misunderstandings about what I've said or about Bronies in general.

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  29. I would tend to agree with the poster above me, as a fellow brony, and ask this.

    I am a brony. Why is it a problem? I am heterosexual, educated, Christian, and conservative, (American, though, so I'm not sure how it translates to Aussie politics.)

    I'm personally an emblem of western culture, IMHO, and can't help but wonder what a fondness for ponies would matter. Explain please.

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  30. Anon,

    It's not a fondness for ponies. It's a fondness for animated pony characters from a show for little girls.

    I don't really understand why a grown man would be attracted to this. Is it a kind of Peter Panism? Or a kind of post-modernist ironic playing with symbols?

    Anon, answer me this. One of your tasks in life is to develop your masculine being to its furthest extent and toward its highest nature.

    How does collecting pony figurines contribute to this?

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  31. I won't deny that a sense of Irony initially drew me to the show, but it was the good humor of it, the positive messages, the beautiful design of both characters (both physically and narrative-wise) and set pieces that kept me watching.

    Like any good program, it created a series of characters that I enjoyed watching and then consistently produced more instances of their interactions with the world. The fact that these characters were candy colored ponies doesn't seem relevant to me, because in the end, I'm not watching the show to fulfill some desire for femininity or to recapture lost innocence or anything related to that. I'm watching it because it makes me smile and laugh and entertains me for 30 mins on saturday mornings.

    (A note: I don't collect the figurines)

    as far as "developing my masculine being to its furthest extent," I'm going to need more information on what you would consider its fullest extent. I'm currently in a long term romantic relationship that will hopefully end in marraige and children, thus continuing my genetic line. Beyond pro-creation, I don't know what you mean by that, though.

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  32. >I don't really understand why a grown man would be attracted to this.

    Any argument that could be made about the quality of the show, the animation, the characterizations, the music, would probably be made by any fan of any show, so I don't expect that that would affect your opinions.

    The only way to understand it, really, is to have actually watched it, and to have done your best to look past your preconceived notions. Look up "read it and weep" on youtube, that may give you some idea.

    >Is it a kind of Peter Panism? Or a kind of post-modernist ironic playing with symbols?

    Panism? No. Post-Modernism, HAHAHAHA definitely not. More accurate to call it post-post-modernism, which is a mouthful, so I prefer "New Sincerity". It's not an ironic 'joke', it's a sincere appreciation for something for what it is. It's embracing optimism, celebrating the values of Honesty, Loyalty, Generosity, Kindness, Laughter, and Friendship.

    >Anon, answer me this. One of your tasks in life is to develop your masculine being to its furthest extent and toward its highest nature.

    How does collecting pony figurines contribute to this?

    Whose masculinity? And who decided that? The guys on "Jersey Shore" have a lot of traditional masculinity, should I try to be more like them?

    I have a lovely wife and a beautiful daughter, and I could care less about anyone else's ideas of "masculinity", and I certainly don't find my gender identity challenged because I like cartoon ponies. If anything, I've found myself to be more secure since I started watching this show.

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  33. I am sorry that we are not up to the standards of your blissfully authoritarian lifestyle. I am sorry that our children won't be cut using your "cookie cutter" idea of what a child should be. I am sorry for loving my fellow Americans and humans enough to help them when needed. I am sorry that I know both Bronys and Juggalos and identify as a Brony myself. But what I am most sorry for is for the fact that I identify as a conservative American. I support the 2nd amendment, I am a proud Lutheran, I am a proud pro-lifer. You people make me sick. Spreading hate and misunderstanding throughout the web. I am ashamed to be a conservative white Christian male today.

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  34. Last anon,

    You don't seem to have watched the ponies enough. I'm told they promote generosity and kindness. You seem to be spitting angry.

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  35. Well, one can still be generous and kind while having anger, but I do agree that that last comment was a bit more caustic than necessary.

    That said, another value promoted by ponies is that of being honest about yourself, your feelings and your opinions, so there's that.

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  36. Just something that I wanted to share with some of those here who seem to be mocking our community.

    "Before I became a brony, I was a bitter and cynical teen who kept away from his friends and family and only cared about himself. Hell, when I looked up the term "Brony," I ridiculed them. But then I got curious as to why they were so interested in the show; so I watched the first episode. I loved all the vibrant colors, smart humor, interesting characters, and references. Then I became a brony. Now, I'm outgoing, more positive, and confident. I love this community- no, I love this family."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4_0qtAulNw

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  37. But Takino that just proves my point. Adult men shouldn't require a brony fellowship to meet the need for fellowship.

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  38. You're right, they shouldn't.

    And people shouldn't need cartoon ponies to show them that it's better to be friendly.

    But have you been around the internet lately? It's all about postmodern "irony", selfishness and cynicism.

    I think that if something is going to help people to be more positive for themselves and others, and to get off the computer and go see people face-to-face, and to help make the world around them a better place, that's a good thing.

    The popularity of Friendship is Magic, to me, speaks to that people want positivity in their lives. They want to support and encourage each other. They want to create art and music and stories and share them with other people.

    And something has finally come along that actually reaches these people in the darkness of the internet and allows them to come together and do just that.

    I look at the show, and I see something put together by people who care about what they're doing, and want it to be the best it can be. I see good humor, developed characters, and morals and lessons of virtue that are fairly simple and straightforward, but important and applicable.

    And if you say you like this, people's reaction is "what's wrong with you?"

    But if you want to get so caught up in a game of guys in tights playing catch that it ruins your whole day when 'your' team doesn't win, that's perfectly normal.

    Popular culture is mindless dreck these days, so we've decided to find something with meaning to form a community around. Personally, I would love to see people forming a community like this centered around Christ, but I'm finding myself in the minority, because so many of these people have been so burned by those around them that they want nothing to do with Him and His people.

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