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Can boxes poise a philosophical, moral, or existential challenge to how we think? I would like to believe so. :twistnerd:

You need to get bored more often.

This was incredibly good.

~Skeeter The Lurker

Maybe not a challenge, more of a realization. Though, some of us were already aware of our natural curiosity to look behind closed doors and peek into locked drawers.

Story Approver


Oh god, I :heart: this!

That was surprisingly great.

Clever, poetic, thought-provoking, and a funny end.

Not much more to say really. Good job.

Had to, sorry!

it was good just one question.
Demon of Decay where in the list of priorities Ponified without consent stands at the moment? :unsuresweetie:


......uuhhh i think being on dat moon too long kinda messed something up there for luna.

still pretty cute.

2 things

2:"Platonism" is a term coined by scholars to refer to the intellectual consequences of denying, as Plato's Socrates often does, the reality of the material world. In several dialogues, most notably the Republic, Socrates inverts the common man's intuition about what is knowable and what is real. While most people take the objects of their senses to be real if anything is, Socrates is contemptuous of people who think that something has to be graspable in the hands to be real. In the Theaetetus, he says such people are "eu a-mousoi", an expression that means literally, "happily without the muses" (Theaetetus 156a). In other words, such people live without the divine inspiration that gives him, and people like him, access to higher insights about reality.

Socrates's idea that reality is unavailable to those who use their senses is what puts him at odds with the common man, and with common sense. Socrates says that he who sees with his eyes is blind, and this idea is most famously captured in his allegory of the cave, and more explicitly in his description of the divided line. The allegory of the cave (begins Republic 7.514a) is a paradoxical analogy wherein Socrates argues that the invisible world is the most intelligible ("noeton") and that the visible world ("(h)oraton") is the least knowable, and the most obscure.


What's in the bo-...

DAMN IT! Too late!

*shakes angry fist!

I'm guessing "Kitten". I'll reply to this comment after reading.

This is fantastic.

I thought of curiosity (the app) immediately when I saw the title. Anybody else?

Oh and, great story!

Storage Locker Auctions...

Ahh, yes, the infamous Skype chat has spawned a devil child once again.

Oh, wait, this one seems normal.

Mother of Celestia....


downvoted, called my teacher, called the cops, called the kremlin, and called my mom

(I added it to several other groups as well.)


knew Celestia had something to do with it :pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy::pinkiehappy:

What I don't get called? I don't count? I have to find it on my own?

Also I called Spetsnaz before you could, so HA!

It should have contained a cat that may or may not be alive.

You open this box with the key of imagination. Inside it is another dimension. A dimension of sound. A dimension of sight. A dimension of ponies. You're moving into a land of both shadows and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Luna Zone.

A cat.
Don't open it, or you might change the outcome.

Fantastic! The writing style remembers me of the story Thunderstruck.
I love those philosophical, enigmatic stories with little or no dialog. They make you seeing these simple things in another way.
Very well done, especially the end with Celestia. Way to spoil the surprise. :trollestia:

3244435 personally, before I read this I was going with a empty box set out by tia as a prank. kinda like princess-twilight-vs-the-pointless-button

hilarious story, though I really am not sure that hilarious actually fits the description of this story


It's what happens when you take a random writing prompt and run with it.


I think we're all aware of it, to a degree. Hence why we seek out those empty places on the map.


I thing the only Borderlands reference I would get is the butt pony one. :trollestia:


Well thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :pinkiehappy:


I wanted to just have some fun with the idea of taking something mundane, like a cardboard box, and just going to town on it with a faux intellectual debate about some philosophical point that could be seen as serious and meaningful. I'm just glad it was still interesting enough to keep people interested.


I can guarantee you that you're not the only one thinking this very thing when they read the title. :pinkiecrazy:


It's a tough question. I would be game to write more for it, but it is a collaboration. I'm only one of five authors.

However, I do hope to get something written for it eventually, if just to give people a little more to read. It was a big hit and I'd love to see more done. What might happen is if the group doesn't feel up to continuing the story, I might just continue it myself, and have the other authors insert chapters of their own when and if they decide to do more.

It's hard enough to keep a story going by yourself, though, so just imagine how hard it is with five authors! :twilightoops:

Anyway, I think I'll do a blog post about it this week, once I know more.


A broken keyboard?


She's a deep (space) thinker.

... oh god I can't believe I just made that pun. :facehoof:


I have that movie on DVD. Classic! :pinkiehappy:


Ah, the Greeks. Famous for philosophy, sodomy, and financial incompetency.

... aaaand now a burly Greek brony is going to beat the living crap out of me. :twilightoops:


Hehehe! There is always someone faster on the internet, it seems!


Maybe I should thrown in an OC called Schrödinger?


Thanks comrade! :twilightsmile:




So Luna is gonna end up with 37 plaster figurines, the entire 1987-1992 catalog of National Geographic magazines, and a basket of hair-clips?


Oh this was actually long before Skype. In fact, I think this might actually have been before Asylum. :rainbowderp:


Regidar is in the box. :trollestia:


Yay! Thank you so much!


Of course! :trollestia:


Why are you trying to get Russian special forces to kill me? :fluttercry:


Do it more often, dammnit.

It was awesome.

~Skeeter The Lurker

You're welcome. Oh, and this is just my opinion, but you may want to add the Comedy tag to the story as well.


Schrödinger should be someone's OC. He has a cutie mark of a live cat on one side, and a dead cat on the other.



Well, I think if it were a cat I'd be fine leaving the little shit in the box, honestly. :twilightangry2:


Thank you kindly!


I would hope they would read the story rather than jump down through the comments to figure out the answer... you devious man, you. :trollestia:


hilarious story, though I really am not sure that hilarious actually fits the description of this story

Yeah, it's why I didn't give it the Comedy tag - it doesn't seem to fit what I would traditionally call a Comedy story. I mean, something that is humorous because it takes its philosophical and intellectual points far to seriously is, in a way, about as much a Comedy story as something that is so bad it becomes funny.

Plus, having a Comedy tag would make people expect a punchline before they started reading it, which would kinda defeat the whole purpose. :facehoof:

Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

I may have to add Schrodinger to my story idea about ponies with unfortunate cutie marks now.

I saw the story added to a group, brought up the story and Youtube instantly. No hesitation. Then I read the story :pinkiehappy:

3248480 hits you with a switch. bad pun, bad pun!!

Ahh, so the box has a legacy. Interesting....


One of just many possibilities.


3248504 not sure she was happy about watching luna walk around a box for 2 hrs

Obviously, the box contains a parallel universe. What else do mysterious boxes hold?

No, just a tactical surprise hug! :pinkiecrazy:

That was... something.
A good something through... I think.

On the Schrödinger tangent:
I think it is both kind of funny and sad that he is only really remembered for his mocking parody of an hypothesis of quantum mechanics that he disagreed with .
It's also somewhat funny/sad that the most widely know analogy for that bit of quantum mechanics is a story originally made to ridicule it and make it seem absurd.

Oh, Celestia claims it's a cake. But Luna has no way to prove that theory until she opens the box.

And even if it is a cake, that doesn't answer the question of what kind of cake it is. It could be Germane chocolate or strawberry or upside-down pineapple. It could be a cupcake or shortcake or ice cream cake, fruitcake or Black Forest or bundt.
We'll never know. Not until she opens the box.
The mystery lives on.

I had many theories as to what would happen, from whatever's inside being broken, to Discord popping out due to near suffocation waiting to jump out, or Luna giving the box to Celestia, who just tears the thing open without a second thought.

:facehoof:But none of those ideas were a cake. Though one was that whatever's inside was packed wrong and ended up upside-down.

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