I call myself a “brony,” and I see no reason to stop doing so. Why do I call myself that? Because I don’t believe the term “brony” need represent a bad segment of society. Rather, I see it as espousing an idea that I try to represent: the idea that a person can rise above faults, training and ingrained prejudices to act on the belief that promoting friendship and kindness toward others can have a profound effect on myself and others.
If a person who’s a jerk claims the title of brony, I can’t stop that, just like there are bad people who call themselves police and corrupt leaders who call themselves politicians. When appropriate, I can call them out on things, but part of following “friendship” is also following wisdom. That means I have to be discerning over the things I allow to get to me. Some causes are worth supporting and some actions are worth denouncing, but some fights aren’t worth fighting. Some fights, we find reasons to justify simply because we want to fight, not because it actually accomplishes anything.
It’s when we lose ourselves in a cause - even good causes - that we start becoming hypocrites and guilty of creating more mayhem than we fix. We often not only lose sight of the cause itself, but blind ourselves to self-criticism to check our methods, our motives and our message. Our zeal can send us careening down a careless path where we discredit ourselves, the very cause we may be trying to promote and others who support it. In the blind rush, our “successes” will start catching innocents in our threshing blades more, and we’ll only care less.
We can bolster our reasons with a lot of emotion-pounding arguments, or we can step back and be objective. The former may make us feel “empowered” for a time, but the latter will take far greater strides toward actually solving problems. In the end, we have to realize that even though some subjects are very important, getting upset over them doesn’t help us in the subject, nor does trying to pound anyone we view as opposition into the ground with insults, accusations or telling them they’re worthless.
Anyone can be “worthless” or do worthless things, and anyone can make a positive difference for themselves and others. While not everyone may, I believe anyone can change, and through what ability I have I’ll help them do that. When we allow ourselves to get so upset that we start flailing like a wild animal in a frenzy, taking offense at anything which might be interpreted negatively, we need to stop and reconsider our position. It’s at that point our goal has become to tear down and destroy rather than teach, and it’s at that point my thought from days before becomes apparent:
”Those who lose themselves to a cause rarely see their own hypocrisy as anything less than justice.”
You don’t have to be a “brony” to be a good friend or a good person. What you call yourself is just an introduction; it’s your actions that define and put that introduction into perspective for those who watch you.
I call myself a brony, and I consider “bronies” to be those who strive to be mature in how they handle what they do and think. What I believe as a brony and what I try to show to others is that friendship really can be a way of life you share with everyone, and not just something you share with your friends.
That’s what I’ll keep doing.