How are you feeling about Starlight after her recent misdeeds in friendship? Why do you think Starlight is still so afraid of rejection even after the ponies whom she once controlled forgave her? Do you feel that it is a good thing that she has such magical capabilities? Tell everypony(and dragon) I said hi!
Well, I know what it’s like to get so worked up about finishing a task you start using magic to manipulate ponies. Clearly she’s a lot like me in that regard: worries about failing, about letting ponies down. Unfortunately this can lead to resorting to extreme measures which are even more disappointing, because the stress can cause one to lose track of what is reasonable.
I was disappointed by her actions, but at the same time it would be hypocritical of me to be overly condemning when somepony else makes the sort of mistakes I once did. I’ve had very forgiving friends and mentors, and I should extend others the same courtesy.
As for having magic capabilities, it’s not a good thing in and of itself, however it can be extremely useful if used for benevolent purposes. Usually it is, and in this specific instance I think it’s a good thing as well, a few missteps aside.
Even if her use of magic isn’t always correct I do have faith that Starlight will learn to use it properly, and that she’s not trying to cause harm and wouldn’t do something disastrous. Otherwise I wouldn’t encourage her to study it!
Really, we both have a lot to learn when it comes to magic; not just how to use it, but when and why. Nopony’s perfect, but friends are there to support you and help you grow as a pony!