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Ginger Mint last won the day on February 15 2013

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  1. hi hi One person going to eat at a certain restaurant isn't going to make others fail, usually multiple restaurants can succeed simultaneously. The only time a restaurant failing is going to be the terrible is if the people running the restaurant foolishly took the risk when they couldn't bear the loss. Maybe you're right. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I shouldn't have given the show the benefit of the doubt. Rather than, "It's good to help strangers, and missing out is ok because you can still enjoy it," Maybe the message really is that "its ok to disregard the feelings of strangers, whether they are little children in some far off city, or whether they are the feelings of someone who doesn't like to be held captive in enclosed spaces, because you'll be rewarded for it." Since that seems to be the lesson people are learning from this episode, I believe I'll have to downgrade my rating of the episode from an amusing, "so bad, its good," to a disappointing "So bad, its horrible." And since that thought makes me sad, I think perhaps I've gotten too emotionally invested in a television show. I'm gonna go walk it off. Ciao.
  2. hi hi Exactly Rosewind, that is why in the context of the episode, Rainbow Dash is doing something wrong. If reality did factor into it, then we could just assume that the disappointment is actually harmless. When taken for what it is, Rainbow Dash is suggesting that it is a good thing to hurt strangers. Then at the end of the episode, we learn that helping a stranger is a good thing. (And Harshwhinny demonstrates that missing out isn't so bad.) However, for about half the episode, the question of "will helping a stranger be bad?" doesn't get asked, which led me to be confused about what was going on.
  3. hi hi See, here's where there is some conflation happening. There's Rainbow Dash's point of view, and then there's reality. In reality, losing out on something trivial like that doesn't hurt anyone, but for the sake of argument, the issue was Rainbow Dash's point of view in the context of the episode. In my experience, the only people who get emotionally traumatized by entertainment are people who have pre-existing emotional issues or who develop an unhealthy obsession. When a soap opera star gets attacked in public because of something their character did in the show, the actor is not the cause of the problem, it is the attacker who has issues. (I am going to refrain from taking the bait and debating world hunger and poverty, because it will quickly become not appropriate for this forum, not because I don't have an answer.)
  4. hi hi 1. I could enjoy an episode about walking down the street if they gave me a reason to think walking down the street was important. 2. If a prestigious set of games involves a regular competition where one side must suffer emotional trauma in order to continue the prestigious set of games' existence, it would be an immoral prestigious set of games. (I can think of some examples of real world organizations that do this, and of course, they invariably believe that their side is more deserving.)
  5. hi hi Some rare exceptions aside, nobody wants to lose. Nobody wants to get stopped by a train either, but most people just accept it as necessary and get over it. It is the people who can't accept it that have issues, especially when they do dangerous things to try to get around it. 1: Rainbow Dash believes the Crystal Empire deserves to win more. This is debatable, but ultimately moot. That reason is never mentioned or addressed ever again in the episode. Nobody mentions it to the games inspector or the not-inspector, and none of the Crystal Ponies show any signs of having issues. 2: If Rainbow Dash was deeply affected by Cloudsdale losing the games in her youth. By choosing to deeply affect someone else, she is doing something that is morally wrong. By her own measure, she is willingly hurting ponies. I cannot abide that. When people are willingly hurting others, I am compelled to hope that they fail. If an institution is willingly hurting its members, that institution needs to be changed.
  6. hi hi There is no reason for Rainbow Dash to remain apathetic in either situation. In fact, if intense disappointment that causes long lasting resentment that lowers someone's quality of life is a possibility, then risk avoidance ought to propel her to even greater lengths to make sure that the competition is safe for both sides rather than perpetuate the cycle. The reason why people can normally get away with sports rivalries is because they are safe. In the NFL there has recently been a couple of important controversies, concussions and bounties. The game is getting increasingly physical as people push the limits further, and now concussions are becoming a serious and regular problem for players. Head injury can cause damage that lasts long after their career is over. As this concern grows, the motivation to make changes to the game itself will also grow, just like what happened in NCAA football. Decades ago, before modern protective gear was around, college football reached a point where serious injuries stopped being a fluke and started becoming par for the course, and the sport came close to being banned. An ultimatum was delivered, 'either people stop dying on the football field, or the game is over permanently.' Similarly with bounties, we expect that one team is going to want to win, and in doing so make the other team lose. However, intentionally trying to injure players and paying players who cause injuries is greatly frowned upon. The rules of the game are written to ensure that it remains as safe as possible for the participants. (See also: Soccer/football fans, riots.) The golden rule is often cited as one of the fundamental cornerstones of morality. Treat others as you would expect to be treated, and conversely, don't treat others in ways that you would not want to be treated. If you want to do your best, hope that your opponent does the same. If you want to sleepwalk through the competition and luck out, hope that your opponent tries the same thing. If you don't want your team to be hurt, don't try to hurt theirs. If you don't want to lose, thats fine as long as you can accept that your opponent also does not want to lose, and you could handle being put in their shoes. Being a sore loser is one of the primary qualities of poor sportsmanship, if not the first one on the list. Not wanting to lose can be a powerful, visceral emotion that can propel people to try harder, but it can actually be detrimental to winning if not balanced by positive motivators. Strong anxiety and worry can prevent people from getting in the zone, relaxing, playing loose and being in confident control. "Getting psyched out, panicking, falling apart," are just a few phrases to describe what happens when fear distracts an athlete from the moment. What qualifies as loss can differ, depending on the individual. If I spend $20 on the Season 1 DVD, I'll miss that $20, but it will have been worth it. For someone who doesn't even like FiM, they probably wouldn't think its worth it. Similarly, waking up in the morning and going to class or work can be painful, but it is typically worth it, even if it is felt it on a regular basis. Does Rainbow Dash think its a serious problem? I couldn't say, the episode wasn't clear on that. However, I have a hard time seeing the disappointment of not being chosen to host the Equestria Games being a life damaging pain. It seems far more likely that it was just idle banter, on the level of trash talk or boasting. (Which again, leaves me rooting for the other guy, as is my tradition.)
  7. Nevar, the clouds will rise again!
  8. hi hi The definition of legitimate pain that I am using is "pain that is damaging." If its not damaging, then its not a big deal. Pain can potentially be a sign of positive growth, "No pain, no gain," or so the saying goes. Trying to protect children from hurt, pain and unhappiness may sound like a good idea to start with, but the reality of it is that kids need to learn through doing, and that necessarily means making mistakes and discovering ways to deal with that. (A very recent study published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies shows that students who reported having over-protective parents also had significantly higher levels of depression and lower levels of satisfaction with life.)
  9. hi hi In general, I find that self destructive habits are a bad thing. If someone gets so invested in a game that losing damages their life, then in my opinion, they are in desperate need of some perspective on life. It is wrong to become so invested that your life suffers from a loss in a system where loss is necessary. Sometimes growing can be painful. Destruction is often painful. Growth is still good, and destruction is still bad. Sometimes which is which is up for debate, sometimes it is very clear cut. I've been a photojournalist for a few years now. I've seen dozens of photos of crying athletes come across my desk. We print them, we put them up for sale, we get angry phone calls and letters, "how dare you?" they ask. Then, a few months later, the photo starts selling like hotcakes and we get letters from the players saying things like, "This is the best photo," and "I don't want to forget this moment." Its like clockwork. At first, I thought it was kind of strange that Dash was the only one to react during the flashback in Cloudsdale, but now I'm thinking that it may have been a subtle hint that Rainbow Dash was taking things too far from the start.
  10. hi hi I have the feeling that we have already covered this ground before. Everyone is different. If the reward does not outweigh the risk for you personally, then don't play the game. Compared to random Joe, fifty grand is nothing to a big casino. Don't bet the farm on a sucker deal with a couple of con artists. If you do and you lose, then you made a bad decision.
  11. hi hi Typically, sports teams do not involve legitimate hurt. The disappointment of losing a game is no big deal, unless you're talking about Roman gladiators or Mayan ballplayers or something, its nothing. You brush yourself off, you get back up, and you are better for the experience.
  12. hi hi And when competition involves legitimate hurt, that mode of thinking is wrong.
  13. hi hi While the topic of conversation may have drifted over time, the objection is this: I posted a picture of a little filly in another town being shocked that the Crystal Empire got the Equestria Games. I was told that it was wrong. I countered that, if you are truly concerned about kids being upset, then it is sensible to consider all of them. If Rainbow Dash had been serious about her motivation of not wanting foals to feel upset, the standard answer would be, "Relax, its not a big deal." In the Running of the Leaves, the important part was that they made sure the leaves across Equestria came down, In professional sports, the important part is that the audience is entertained, and in the Equestria Games competition the important part is that a worthy and capable host gets selected. If we're not truly concerned about kids being upset, since it is just a game amongst fans, then I think it is fair to say that I am a Cloudsdale fan. Go Cloudsdale, crush the Crystal Empire! Woo! Cloudsdale fans are totally better than all those Crystal Empire losers, and I'll explain why. • Cloudsdale is in. the. clouds. I mean, seriously, that is way awesome. • They've built an entire city out of a single building material. What? no, crystals don't count. • While sun glasses are cool, you don't need to wear them to appreciate the architecture in Cloudsdale. • The stallions are more handsome, that's a fact. • The Cloudsdale flag has more hues than the Crystal Empire's vaunted "flag of many hues." • Have you ever heard of a pony from the Crystal Empire performing a Sonic Rainboom? • The average pony is over 2/3rds water. And where does that water come from? Cloudsdale. Aww, yeah. • Lightning bolts and Rainbows.
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