|Angel does not approve of the lack of focus I have had.|
Before I begin today's discussion on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and the newest episode, I would like to take a moment to apologize for my slacking. Long story short, my job has undergone some changes lately. These has been really positive changes and I am loving my place of employment more than ever. At the same time, my hours at said job have boosted. Couple that with the fact that I got a week into Mass Effect 2 and realized I did not like the preset choices, so I had to do a 3 day speed run of Mass Effect. And yes, I had to if I wanted to be able to load a proper character into Mass Effect 2. I was hoping to have ME2 beat by tonight, so I could play Mass Effect 3 tomorrow. Sadly, I probably won't be able to start playing ME3 until later this week, or next. But not I am getting way off track. Oh, and there are currently six deer outside my window. At least two are does and two are fawns, but I am not sure about the other third of the group.
The newest episode of MLP was dedicated to Fluttershy, although I think Iron Fist and his goats stole the show. Putting Your Hoof Down dealt with the very important matter of assertiveness verses being a bitch. Fluttershy has almost always been overly passive. She reminds me of Ned Flanders from the Simpsons, when I really think about it. Being a doormat to others is definitely a problem, but I don't think Fluttershy's steams from self esteem issues. She is genuinely scared of the world. She avoids conflict not to gain friends, but to avoid harm. Think about the anxiety she must feel, thinking the entire world is out to get her if it notices her. I think that adds motive to why she snaps the way she does, and why she was so quick to lock herself away towards the end.
The difference between assertiveness and being a bully may seem like a fine line, but really it isn't. The line-skipper deserved the loud, stern calling out she got. She didn't accidentally find her way in front of Fluttershy. She intentionally tricked Fluttershy, and then tried to pass it off like it was nothing. A pony/person such as this needs more force than say someone who didn't realize where the line ended and made an honest mistake.
Being a bully is intimidating every pony who was rightfully ahead in line to move behind you. I get that she was probably tired of people taking advantage of her, but stooping to a bully's level does not make you right. It makes you them. Part of me wants to give Fluttershy a free pass on this one incident. She has been letting pain and abuse build up for so long, she was bound to explode at some point. I mean, we all saw how her jerk of a pet rabbit treats her. I have to draw the line when she goes off on her friends. Pinkie Pie goes out of her way not to prank and tease Fluttershy because she knows just how much it would damage the timid pony.
In the end, Fluttershy finds that sweet spot between doormat and bitch, know as standing up for yourself. The was a great example for all the young viewers, too. She was calm, explained her position, and was firm. We could all learn a thing or two from Fluttershy.