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RIP Mr. Neil Armstrong.

"The importance of the achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet... that our visions go rather further than that, and our opportunities are unlimited."


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I've grown very tired of the rampant sense of misanthropy that seems to run through certain parts of the fan-base. I feel the very concept of it runs absolutely counter to the moral of the show. People seem to think that it makes them wise, or enlightened, or special. But it doesn't... it's defeatist and pessimistic in every sense of both words, and I'm choosing to not abide by it. Not in such a way as to be aggressive about it, or attack others' views. I'm certainly not looking to start a crusade nor do I have any delusions of changing any opinions through a group on a fanfiction site. To tell the truth, I'm mostly starting this group to make myself feel better.

But, I really do think there should be a balance. Just as the watchdogs who point out our sins are necessary, there must also be people who are willing to point out the good we do. To raise morale and to maintain hope. As Mahatma Gandhi once said: "What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope."


And I'm not the only one. When confronted on his ideas about the nature of humanity, this is what Humanist had to say:

"I read history. I have a great deal of interest in my species. I KNOW we are capable of terrible things, but we are also capable of wonderful things as well. I see humanity, both the good and the bad, but you seem to only see the bad, or at least emphasize it far more than the good. You look through history and only notice the monsters and not the saints, the atrocities and not the wonders. You see all of humanity's collective evils and point to them as proof of our terrible nature, ignoring or dismissing our collective good. So yes, you are basing your humans off of human history, but only select parts, the darkest parts.

I am not asking for a sugar-coated, overly sweet, perfect angels version of humanity. I am simply looking for a complete depiction of humanity. You said you do not want to lie about humanity, and yet by dismissing or ignoring all of the good in us that is exactly what you are doing."


That is what I hope this group to be. Not a place where others' views are torn down, but a place where people can go to regain their morale and express their hopes. And where, hopefully, you can find some stories that'll give you a more fair or even positive depiction of... well... you.

As Luna said in The Rogue Wolf's Written in Dust:

“... some humans- just as some ponies- are capable of unspeakable acts. But despite all the violence in your history, you have endured, built civilizations, constructed great wonders of technology to broaden your horizons and forge friendships across all manner of divides. I strongly believe that this is not some grand miracle... but merely your own deepest nature, struggling to express itself through the distrust and fear that thousands of years spent living on a harsh, unforgiving world have bred into you.”

So, submit whatever stories you feel are worthy of the tag: Humans Aren't Bastards.

Because we're not. We're just... human.

This is an expanding list of what some great men and women throughout history have to say about humanity:


"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."

- Mahatma Gandhi


"Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature."

- Mahatma Gandhi


"We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings."

- Albert Einstein


"The man who is forever disturbed about the condition of humanity either has no problems of his own or has refused to face them."

- Henry Miller


"I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries."

- Marie Curie


"As in the rankest soil the most beautiful flowers are grown, so in the dark soil of poverty the choicest flowers of humanity have developed and bloomed."

- James Allen


"Whatever misanthropists may say, ingrates and the perverse are exceptions in the human species."

-Napoleon Bonaparte


"I am proud to be part of a species where a subset of its members willingly put their lives at risk to push the boundaries of our existence."

- Neil deGrasse Tyson


“The reason I don’t worry about society is, nineteen people knocked down two buildings and killed thousands. Hundreds of people ran into those buildings to save them. I’ll take those odds every fucking day.”

- Jon Stewart


"It's difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart."

- The Diary of Anne Frank


"I believe in my whole race. Yellow, white, black, red, brown --in the honesty, courage, intelligence, durability....and goodness.....of the overwhelming majority of my brothers and sisters everywhere on this planet. I am proud to be a human being. I believe that we have come this far by the skin of our teeth, that we always make it just by the skin of our teeth --but that we will always make it....survive....endure. I believe that this hairless embryo with the aching, oversize brain case and the opposable thumb, this animal barely up from the apes, will endure --will endure longer than his home planet, will spread out to the other planets, to the stars, and beyond, carrying with him his honesty, his insatiable curiosity, his unlimited courage --and his noble essential decency. This I believe with all my heart."

- Robert A. Heinlein

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Text below is purely my opinion. Please, consider and understand this.
Since I couldn't find a way to vote on the rating of this group, I'm forced to leave a comment and create a thread, for a good measure.
I have to say that I politely and heavily disagree with the very premise of this group and I dislike the concept as a whole.
Thanks for reading.

So how to submit stories?

You know, I joined this group during the great wave of misanthropy that spread through FiMFiction years ago and this group felt like it was actually making a difference (alongside the late anti--conversion bureau group). Those videos up on the front page really did embody the ideals of this organization, the sentiment of its members. Those were good times...

As of late, I have become less and less active, until it became months between check-in's on the forums. Part of that was the lack of focus, in the face of our 'victory' over the positive tidal wave of misanthropy...part of that was a change in the sentiment of the members of this group. Now, recent interactions with this 'new' humans aren't bastards crew...there are those of you who openly state your opinion that humans ARE bastards in our forums. Moreover, there are openly misanthropic threads in our forum! Seriously? It seems to have been a long while since the leaders and moderators of this group have cared about it and its message, so now comes the time for me to leave.

I sincerely hope that one day this group returns to its former purpose and message, especially during this time when there is so much call for a reminder that humans aren't bastards.

Adieu.

Humans...
We're both amazing and terrifying, your greatest ally and friend in times of need... and your worst enemy... and nightmare you'll ever face should you cross us.
:pinkiecrazy:
Also the avatar for this group makes me happy

To be honest, after the flame war I had a part in on two threads that were recently locked (Thank you to whoever did that.) I probably should leave this group (At least for a little while), as some of my remarks could be and probably are taken to be against the group's purpose. I feel very sorry for the trouble I caused and am quite ashamed of myself.

Humans are the greatest life forms in existence.

401829 Chaos without order gets nothing done, order without chaos changes nothing. A balance must be struck in order to have progress.

I know story you should add, Stardust and its sequel by Arad.

Those quotes got me...Like damn...:raritydespair:

Got another quote, If any of the mods would care to add it.

"Perfect is very boring, and if you happen to have a different look, that's a celebration of human nature, I think. If we were all symmetrical and perfect, life would be very dull."
-Natalie Dormer

And if you don't mind me getting a bit philosophical about it, (get the maple syrup, I'm about to waffle on.) this quote is very interesting in regards to the show. Evil and good is not a person and another person. no one person is perfect, or pure. Evil is not the work of mistakes, or a single entity, it is a collective thing we must all bear. We can only make do with ourselves.

(TL;DR The show has a simplified view of good and evil, duh. But you really should read that.)

We balance Harmony and Chaos. That is the beauty in Humanity.

I nearly cried reading the quotes.:fluttercry:
One thing is for sure my perspective has changed from BAD to GOOD
Thanks:twilightsmile:

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Haha, I dont know. mildly interesting things have been happening

395607 LEAVE WHILE YOU STILL CAN.

Looks like a good group... seems like you just got another join.

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