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Golden Tassel

A tortured metaphor


Twilight Sparkle is very organized. She has it down to a science.

"A place for everything, and every thing in its place" are words to live by.

It's a completely normal day in Ponyville, and Twilight Sparkle has absolutely nothing to worry about.

This is, of course, a serious problem.

Chapters (4)
Comments ( 14 )

You have my attention

I feel like the Myth of Sisyphus isn't just a Maguffin to get the plot moving, more like an allusion to events to come. With twilight's OCD she definitely fits the role of Sisyphus.

Well this is interesting, it seems that we now have an explanation for Pinkie Pie.

:pinkiesad2: "Life is meaningless."
:pinkiehappy: "So I can make it one big party!"
:pinkiecrazy: "FOREVER!"

This is... interesting. I'm whacking it on my non-specified favourites for now, until it either gets cute or descends into darkness. It's... weird and I don't know what's going on.

That's fair. This story is largely an experiment at writing absurdist comedy, so I only barely know what's going on to begin with. There isn't much left to go, and while I can say with certainty that it won't be turning dark, I don't know if the ending will qualify as cute. But if nothing else, I hope it will clarify things for you.

If not, then oh well. New day, same boulder.

Good work! It took until this chapter for me to finally connect the key Albert Camus/Camel/Dromedary reference. Although you set it up with an extra degree of separation, I should have realized it sooner!

I'm glad someone picked up on it. I'm very fond of hiding things in plain sight in my stories.

"I must imagine you're happy," the mare said.

Twilight puzzled over that. Am I?

"Your spell worked, didn't it?"

All at once, Twilight was overcome with laughter. Of course it worked! Her spell worked! How wonderful it was. "Yes. It did. And I'm very happy."

"Congratulations!" The mare put a small baked good on the counter in offer of celebration. "Muffin?"

"Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody's gonna die. Come watch TV."

That is the final point of nihilism, isn't it? Its all well and good to have these big revelations about the pointlessness of it all, but at the end of the day life goes on. The washing needs to be done, you still have work in the morning and you have family who needs you.

When everything is pointless, it is pointless to worry about it.

In a nutshell. But where Absurdist philosophy distinguishes itself from Nihilism is to take it another step further: if that pointlessness applies to everything, then it applies equally to all of it. If Sisyphus is condemned to push a boulder up a hill for eternity, and such a task is no less meaningless than anything else he could be doing, then he has the absolute freedom to make the task meaningful to himself. I must imagine he is happy.

If life itself has no meaning, then what meaning we find in it is meaningful.

I wish I could save this comment on here somewhere. A very small yet very potent look into nihilism.

This story's gonna stay in the back of my mind forever. All the high-concept philosophical stuff is gonna be forgotten until I read it again, but I'll always remember the experience of reading it. And what an experience it was.

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