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CelestiaFelt by PixelKitties

Hi everyone and everypony!  I’m finding it difficult to believe that in less than a week we’ll be waist deep in the Friendship is Magic season finale.  It seems like just the other day we were fangasming over the season premier.  Now, here we are, 24 episodes down and but a pair remain.  This season has been amazing.  So much more than any of us really expected.  The return of Luna, tons of Derpy, Lyra and Bon Bon hanging out, an unexpected Trixie shout-out, Dragons, more griffins, Time Travel, masked crusaders, self-help minotaurs, and plenty of incontrovertible proof that all the ponies in this town really ARE are crazy.

It’s been a brilliant season and a wonderful experience. We’re awash in conventions and gatherings; we have show-accurate toys and favorite background characters to look forward to.  Derpy’s name was spoken and she was given voice.  Together we’ve accomplished tremendous amounts good through efforts such as the Humble Brony Bundle. 

But likewise, our not-so-little community has suffered its share of growing pains.  Controversy sprouted up with Pony Archive and Derpy’s brief appearance in The Last Roundup became a lightning rod of unwanted attention.  We saw plenty of bronies behaving badly as jealousy, cruelty, and divisiveness crept in amongst our credo of love and tolerance.  I’ve seen websites, groups, and fans turn against each other, pointing fingers and attempting to be, for lack of a better term, bronier than thou. 

I’ve often said that more than anything else, I want to see the pony fandom continue to represent the best aspects of the show.  I want us to show our love by being our very best and exemplifying kindness and virtue and a sense of community.  I do understand that it’s naïve to think any large, anonymous group of people on the internet will be holistically reasonable and nice.  But certainly as a community we are in control of the behaviors and social mores that we encourage AND discourage.  In-fighting, mistreatment of fellow fans, and cruelty should be the exception, never the rule. 

In the end, I have no (and should have no) control over the actions of others.  But for my own part I will continue to do what I can to foster the fandom, the community, and a world that is just and good and tolerant and kind.  When I sit down to watch the new episode of My Little Pony, I am seven years old again.  I am filled with hope and optimism and cheer and sugar-frosted cereal.  I do my best to hold onto that feeling and carry it with me wherever I go. Through the summer, through season three and beyond.

Here’s to two amazing seasons, 52 joyful episodes, and thousands of absolutely brilliant fans and friends united in the magic of friendship.  

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:icontsunadesama19:
Tsunadesama19 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Cheers! ^^ *raises my bottle of Pepsi* :saluteplz:
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RegalWyvren Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Since picking up this show, i am constantly wondering what makes it so fun. "When I sit down to watch the new episode of My Little Pony, I am seven years old again"
That says it all for me.
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ScarletMarine Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Ma'am, i understand we have noticed that. We are all friends.
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Saxm13 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
=')
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Planet-Zone Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
This is quite inspiring, its been hard with alot of the bad luck the fandom has been having; Derpy trouble, in fighting and loss of several get pony artists who have stepped away from the fandom.

Good to see one of our best is still going strong ^.^

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DarkestSunset Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
In the end, we are all just simply:
Bronies
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RiokennG3 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A damn shame S3 only has 13.
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pointman116 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HAZZA!
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AirPirateFeline Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
To My Little Pony! *raises glass*
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Gertyy Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Crowd:
"To My Little Pony!"
*Everyone raises a glass.*
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