We are living in “Interesting Times”

This blog focusses on virtual affairs, but it would be a strange and decoupled person who was not to some extent affected by what has transpired in the last 48 hours out in RL. Some Norwegian hates certain parts of humanity so much that he goes out and butchers them wholesale, and Amy Winehouse’s body either succumbed to the abuse she has given it over the past few years, or life simply became intolerable to her. The phrase “Man’s Inhumanity to Man” springs to mind (Man the species, by the way, I am demonstrably not a sexist), and I am struck by the question of whether mankind actually deserves to survive.

The mass idiocy that blighted Winehouse’s brief career is symptomatic of modern life, where one’s actions and thoughts are considered public property if there is profit to to be gained thereby. It is visible in life at every turn now.

That the system that has sustained Western lifestyles is about to undergo a massive convulsion cannot be ignored now – it is becoming crystal clear (to me at least) that our democratically (for the sake of argument) elected governments no longer actually control society. The “Market” (i.e. those with access to and posession of capital) will do as it sees fit, regardless of how our elected politicians decide. This train of events does not bode well for the average Western family or individual, for that matter.

This mindless pursuit of profit and “progress” afflicts my chosen virtual life as well, with out Lords and Masters pushing blindly on to a scenario that they have conceived in their ivory towers. That their plans blight or wreck those of others who have sustained them for nearly a decade now simply does not register with them, and I have not yet met one individual that can see a bright shiny future ahead for our virtual world. I had hoped that if I kept to my own little bit of virtual reality I might have been allowed to live my virtual life uninterrupted, but I now see that this simply will not be allowed. The resources I use are coveted by our overlords so that they can make their new shiny toy work.
Once again that which many have laboured to produce is being ruthlessly and thoughtlessly broken by those who consider SL to be theirs, and theirs alone.

~ by Ayesha Askham-Ezvalt on July 24, 2011.

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