At 9/11/12 04:58 PM, scarface346 wrote:
I feel so sorry for the Earths.
Don't pity them, celebrate them! Earth ponies are the most important non-alicorn ponies because they're the most essential type that contributes to the collective survival of ponykind. I've presented this point several times on NG chat but I'll go on record on this thread saying that earth ponies are definitely valuable, if not THE most. As a whole, they're the hardiest and hardest working there is. Big Macintosh is an excellent example of earthpony strength and resilience. Hoity Toity, Photo Finish, and Octavia are only a few examples of their potential for art, intelligence, and prestige.
Magic manifests itself in each of the three dominant ponytypes. Of course, magic is the specialty of alicorns and unicorns through the use of their horns which make magical energy malleable. The pegasi's ability to walk on clouds and manipulate weather is an innate magical attribute of their kind (as well as for alicorns). As with earth ponies their ability to work with the earth, even something as simple as gardening, is their magical ability.
I have also pointed out that there has been no canonical instances where any alicorn has demonstrated earthpony-like abilities to tend to plant life and all things terrestrial. If I remember correctly, there have neither been any instances where magic was successfully used for agricultural development (Twilight's spell to harvest the apples at the end of Applebuck Season does not count because it's merely a physical manipulation spell). If true, that means the powers that earth ponies possesses are exclusive only to them, not even the mighty alicorns would be able to accomplish what earth ponies do on a regular basis. And since non-alicorn ponies require sustenance to live, and because they're vegetarians by nature, earth ponies are bluntly responsible for the survival of the entirety of ponykind. This importance is also unique to earth ponies; the unicorns are not essential to the collective survival because their original role of controlling the celestial bodies have been obviated by Celestia and Luna's complete jurisdiction over the sun and moon, respectively. The pegasi, while playing a larger role in sustaining the pony population, could still technically be replaced by the Princesses as well, although this would keep them very busy and clear skies and stable weather would be somewhat of a rarity. However if earth ponies were to all just disappear, every single unicorn and pegasus would eventually starve as food supplies would dwindle without them. It is no exaggeration when I say that earth ponies make equine civilization possible.
The innate gift that the earth ponies possess is subtle, but by no means absent.