A while back, we had a bit of a conversation going about virtual relating and loneliness, started by Kari, my first guest blogger.
Recently, I’ve been hearing hype about a phenomenon called “Second Life.” From the Second Life website:
Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by a total of 9,296,655 Residents from around the globe.
- From the moment you enter the World you’ll discover a vast digital continent, teeming with people, entertainment, experiences and opportunity. Once you’ve explored a bit, perhaps you’ll find a perfect parcel of land to build your house or business.
- You’ll also be surrounded by the Creations of your fellow Residents. Because Residents retain the rights to their digital creations, they can buy, sell and trade with other Residents.
- The Marketplace currently supports millions of US dollars in monthly transactions. This commerce is handled with the in-world unit-of-trade, the Linden dollar, which can be converted to US dollars at several thriving online Linden Dollar exchanges.
I don’t know about you, but my real life, while perhaps not interesting to many, is plenty interesting to me. If I were to invest a lot of energy in creating some fabulous online, fictional avatar, I wouldn’t have time to savor and be grateful for the real experiences that come my way.
Some might say that this blog is a relationship substitute. It is true that many of you who are regular readers are people I’ve never met face-to-face or talked to by phone, and it is only through this blog that we have been brought into contact.
For me, the difference is that this blog is not about me trying to be clever and trying to create some virtual persona that will draw an army of admirers. No, on this blog, what you see from me is pretty much what you get – an honest account of how I encounter God and the world. No pseudonyms, nothing to hide, just me, a seeker on a journey, hoping to have meaningful conversations with others who are seeking in their own ways.
So, I guess you won’t be seeing me (or an avatar I create) in Second Life anytime soon. The only second life I’m interested in is the one that follows this earthly life.