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Sprocket Doggingsworth

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Help! My Heart is Full of Pony! - The Common Pony · 4:11am Dec 27th, 2019

The moral of "Hearth's Warming Eve," both the holiday and the episode, is that the working class of every race have more in common with each other than they do with their respective tyrannical leaders.

It was on this very principle that the nation of Equestria was founded. The friendship of Clover the Clever, Smart Cookie, and Private Pansy was, in and of itself, an act of revolution.

As the years go by, the more I think about it, the more powerful and inspiring this message becomes. The more relevant. I'm reminded of a song called "Christmas in the Trenches" by John McCutcheon. As you probably already know, on Christmas Eve of 1914, opposing soldiers laid down their arms and spontaneously came together (against orders) to sing, and drink, and dance, and play soccer, and share in yuletide cheer. It's one of the most beautiful moments in history, (and I've written about it extensively both in these essays of mine, and in fiction). John McCutcheon sang of it, "For the walls they'd kept between us to exact the work of war / had been crumbled and were gone for ever more."

Christmas in the Trenches

That's what Hearth's Warming is about - not just an excuse to ponify Christmas. It's about the poor realizing for themselves that their leaders are lying to them. It's about rejecting what you've been taught to believe. It's about the common pony rebelling by coming together in friendship.

Let's do that. Let's do that right now.


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Comments ( 4 )

If only the common, everyday folks would do this, realizing the power we have to change things, the world would be a better place , indeed. More like Equestria, I do believe!

I'd be hesitant to call that the moral, as I think a number could be taken. But I don't disagree it's a nice one, and one we could do with remembering. Thank you for doing what you can to spread it a bit further. :)

The Christmas truce was, of course, quickly squashed by the military commanders on both sides, who couldn't tolerate such humanity in their soldiery.

It's worth looking at how the First World War ended. The reasons are complicated, of course, but a key part of it was the Kiel Mutiny, a series of actions in which German sailors refused to go on a suicide mission. The authorities had no hesitation firing on civilians but it wasn't enough to get their war machine moving.

A bit sad and telling about the human condition that friendship is a revolutionary act.

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