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"Dear Princess Celestia,
Over the past year I’ve come to more of an understanding of the diversity of Ponykind, even past the simple differences of the earthponies, unicorns and pegasi, past the differences of filly and colt as well as homeland. In recent times I’ve come more into contact with ponies that are perhaps seen as different in a bad way around everypony else. Ponies that think and act differently to us and the like.
One pegasus stallion came to Ponyville recently, a solo-demolition pony seeking to live somewhere rural. He’s really friendly and really intelligent but he acts odd at times. He’s really focussed on what he likes but can come across as rude as he doesn’t seem to take much notice of anything else.
Anyway, he started his work and believe me when I say it wasn’t quiet work at all, nor at the usual work times of 9am to 5pm. No, he’d woken us up halfway through the night while he’s crashing and smashing into things. Of course some ponies complained to him about it and although he didn’t seem to understand why he agreed not to do it again. From what I know he was asked to assist with something over at Sweet Apple Achres with the intention of having him do it the following day; it was starting to get late at the time. However this wasn’t made clear enough and the stallion went ahead and did it instantly.
I asked him about it a short while ago and he said he was conflicted; he had been told to do the work and he wanted to do it, but he’d promised the citizens of Ponyville that he’d not work at night, but he’d also made a promise to get the work done. He was confused and frustrated and had decided to use all of his effort on doing it in one stroke so as to get it all done faster. I don’t think Spike and I were the only ponies to think that we’d been hit by an earthquake when that tremor shook us from our beds. Various complaints, although that might be an understatement, were made to him from a lot of ponies. I was there and the stallion did look crushed, both physically and emotionally before fleeing. He was seen the next few days but he seemed all worked up around the other ponies and ended up doing very strange things; muddling his words, tripping randomly, twitching and fidgeting being a select couple of what were obviously symptoms of stress. Yet few ponies took notice of it because he’d always been a bit goofy; in fact a lot of them merely laughed, perhaps in a joking manner but he didn’t seem to understand that and ended up getting more and more worked up over it.
Thankfully some other pony took notice before much more damage was done and comforted him, our local mailmare in fact. Derpy Hooves you see, has bossed eyes and isn’t exactly the brightest pony around; she can seem like a real klutz but we love her anyway. Now, a short while ago we found out about a large amount of bullying that was aimed at her and we all banded together to help her through it. She was steadfast in getting that point across to the stallion. It took a while but she eventually brought him around; she took him along with her around the town and showed her how she’d managed to deal with her own problems in public.
That stallion threw himself headfirst at his target at a force that shook Ponyville and apparantly that wasn’t much heavier than what he usually does. If he hadn’t had caused himself some sort of damage before he certainly had that time. It was a stupid thing to do, but he never seemed to think the same way as everypony else so perhaps it wasn’t as obvious to him. His actions were odd and sometimes a bit pitable. Everypony knows to look out for each other but they always expect every pony to think the same way they do. Simple or more complex problems are common; after all, everypony is different and that’s what makes us so brilliant. Yet despite this we’re not perfect and don’t expect some of the differences which might not seem as bad to us as other ponies. As such it seems important to me now that everypony takes consideration for difference and diversity of ponykind. Consider that how you think may not be logical in the slightest to other ponies and vice versa.
Of course there’re ponies with special cases; whereas they aren’t exactly different they do however see the world in a different way which should always be taken into consideration, just like everything else I’ve just said. It’s just a shame that two ponies had to go through so much trouble before we realised it.
From your faithful student,
- Twilight Sparkle.”
This isn’t the last in the series but this is the last picture in the series that has a proper message of understanding and consideration. Most of this one is commonsense; realising that not everybody thinks and believes the same way as you might suspect the norm. The second half though is focussed on people with special needs, autism, aspergus syndrome, etc.
I personally seem to attract people with aspergus syndrome oddly enough and had to deal with it a lot in secondary school, alongside the fact that dad, my brother and one of my sisters each have it. One of my cousins is autistic and several of my other friends have a variety of special needs ranging in severity. All of them live happily but I think it’s safe to say that none of them quite see the world as I do. What may seem bad to me could seem significantly worse just because of the way that they see the world.
Now that’s not a cue to treat them like infants as all of the people I’ve mentioned are generally very intelligent, sometimes to a point in one subject that I wouldn’t even know was possible. All I’m saying is that these people are prime examples of diversity of mind in humankind.
I can’t really emphasise this more as it pretty much sums up the previous two lessons, so I’ll explain the picture. Has anypony ever called you an idiot, or a retard? By themselves they’re not very harmful names but as things add up they can get worse. Or not. Again, it depends on the pony. I for one take insults badly and often jump to conclusions recklessly. Simply calling me names enough could give me the idea that you don’t even like me, let alone want me to be around. I guess I ended up inserting that into the picture, but I thought that maybe after two pictures of a series of lessons perhaps the last would significant one would be a good place to insert an example I’ve had. I don’t want to go too far into it as with anypony’s mindset, I could be sat here for days typing rambling out.
So that’s that. The lessons are done but the project is not. I hope that you’ve all learnt something from my all-over-the-place preaching. If you have then hopefully you’ll be a better pony for it. If you haven’t then either you’re a bumbling imbecile or smart and considerate enough to know these points already (the prior option obviously being the minority).
There’re three more pictures to come, but from now they take a brighter tone, so you can look forward to having some lighthearted stuff.
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