I have been a fan of My Little Pony since before the Friendship is Magic series existed. I love the beauty that can be found within it. I see MLPFM as a perfect example of Furry animation upholding our values and creativity, but I seem to be having a problem with people 18 and under.
Tonight, I was invited by a friend into a FB Brony group, and the conversation went to MLPFM MMORPG. Not wanting to see a beautiful world with unique aspects of it's inhabitants turned into another cookie cutter plot-less kill-everything money-burning addiction, I let my opinion be heard and suggested that if the person who suggested this wanted to have interaction in Equestria, that they should play this paper based RPG or discuss the creation of a single player exploration game, much like the new fallout games without the killing. One person stated a weak rebuttal, which caused me to have to explain the loss of quality in graphics, plot, and social value from single player games to MMOs. I was promptly informed that I was a "hater" and ejected from the group.
It is because of fucks like these that when I was 13-18, I never got into FF7, and promptly disassociated with fans of DBZ. I always thought that the glory of battle is what brought them to believe they needed to argue against me, but now I see that even in the non-aggressive world of cute harmless ponies, there are worthless people mostly under 22, who just don't want to listen to anybody about anything.
Maybe it's considered fashionable to be a shithead around the age of 13-22, but I can say without a shadow of a doubt that nothing worth talking about was ever created by a group or even a single person who believes that they don't have the time to meet criticism or alternate suggestion with logical explanation.
Today, I had a heated discussion about DJ P0N-3 with Ian, because having known the raver crowd, I had reason to believe the pony was male, Ian having studied conventions of the MLPFM drawing methods had reason to believe the pony was female. Turns out Ian was right, as the director of the show did make that announcement, but we spent 2 hours debating this without hating one another over it, not because we wanted to be right, but because when there isn't someone to tell you something, one can only have sound belief in their answer if it holds up to scrutiny. This is both a principle in philosophy, as seen in the famous essay The Ethics of Belief, and as a principle of the scientific method.
I am disappointed to the point of anger, and I really don't know what to do or think about this since I know, sadly, that this attitude is not even confined to this age group...