Sunday, December 21, 2014

Gazing at Second Life with a critical eye

May of this year was the 10th year Anniversary of my visiting this curious Metaverse. I am drawn back again and again.

Perhaps it is only now, towards the end of 2014, that the purpose behind my wanderlust is clear: I envision great potential in this pixelated land. This potential has barely been explored. My intuition clearly tells me that this place could truly be utilized for the greater benefit of humanity, somehow. So I seek the humane and tender here, teetering on the edges of the unexplored; hoping I can gain greater insight into my vision and bring it into form.

I have to admit that I get discouraged much too often and log off with pangs of loneliness. A few things work against the "greater things". Second Life is a privilege, and I bet that at least 80% of all Second Life users are middle class (this still exists, right?) to upper class. Those that could truly use the sort of enrichment and healing that this virtual world could provide, are often disadvantaged and have no access to high-end computers or even to decent internet access. Nor are they computer literate enough to be comfortable using a complex application such as this one. I hope I'm wrong, somewhere... Someone, correct me? ;) ...

Second Life is frozen in a nucleus of time wherein the well-off denizens congregate among other well-off denizens, most likely replicating the privileged fashions, pursuits and lifestyles of their first life; brewing in this comfortably-numbing pot of stew. How about breaking free?

Can we try imagining a different Second Life? Even if a different Second Life is not possible, let's just try to visualize it? 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

An update on my blog's mission.

Hello, 2014!
I am re-designing and re-purposing my blog. 

I believe that virtual worlds like Second Life hold immense value for humanity outside of cyberspace. It is my mission to find these shards of:
genuine connection,
extraordinary value,
emotional intimacy,
true community,
that which makes people truly beautiful,
acts of kindness,
inspiration and motivation to carry onto 1st Life; 
and bring them to people via my blog. 

Virtual worlds will make no dent in the emotional evolution of humanity, unless we consciously seek out and develop these values.

It is easy to get discouraged and lose track of these things in a virtual palace where vanity, egocentricity, and materialism are aspired to and rewarded. However, this is of benefit to those of us who study the human heart (figuratively). 

I seek true connection everywhere I go, and this includes Second Life. I find myself automatically clicking on the "Profile" window and reading up on every stranger I see or meet, to get a glimpse into them, or to encounter one of these "shards of value".

My integral desire is to connect, to inspire, and to help people. Therefore I will make use of this inner need and bring a fresh take on this amazing virtual world, for your benefit and for the benefit of others you may encounter. So, please spread the word and share my blog! 

Note: If are in the know of any Events, Places, People, or News I would be interested in, please let me know.