This snippet of actual conversation with Benjamin Worley happened a few days ago:
Ben: "Magic as an element of friendship? What does that even mean? Twilight, getting A-pluses is not a personality trait!"
Me: "Well, what you need to realize is Twilight Sparkle represents the Friendship Gestalt. It says so right in the series: "When the five elements of harmony are present, the sixth will make itself known." Therefore Twilight is actually the sum of friendship -- which is totally in keeping with her personality of being a good student."
Ben: "Gestalt? What does that mean?"
Me, resisting the urge to tell him to Google it: "A gestalt is something which is greater than the sum of its parts. Voltron is the gestalt of the Lion Force."
Yes, I used Voltron to explain a German psychological term while talking about My Little Pony. I am an uber-nerd.
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