Alyona Su Posted July 3, 2019 Share Posted July 3, 2019 There is a lot of angst in Second Life, in-world and here in the forums and, well, the Internet in general. So I just wanted to offer the other perspective we all know is here: the positive side of things. Let's look at the optimist's point of view. For starters, let's try being thankful for this thing called Second Life. Linden Lab owes all of us nothing whatsoever. In truth, Second Life is basically a playground. No matter what you want to call it when you are in Second Life, you are playing. The ability to turn your playtime into real cash is a proverbial miracle none of us deserve but are given nonetheless. It's a gift. The Lindens are employees of a company, and they do their jobs to put food onto their tables, a roof over their heads, ability to care for their family. Just like you and me. Sure, they are just doing their jobs, but most, if not all, go above and beyond when they don't have to, though they also have to follow some rules they have no control over as well. So rather than bashing them en mass, let's be thankful for that they do for us on a regular basis. (Even when they suspend us for a few days when we are a little too naughty. ~cough, cough~.) /me looks at [You know who you are Linden]. Here's something to be thankful for: No one is required to give anything back. You do not have to have any payment information on file if you choose not to, keeping your wallet locked away in perpetuity if desired. You can play for free, your connection and equipment requirements notwithstanding, of course. So what aspects of Second Life are you thankful for? This hardly complete, but here is a shortlist of my own: If desired, I can play in a virtual sandbox without spending a single penny. Play for free and turn that play into real legal tender money. Others want to share their creativity in ways I could never imagine and ask for nothing in return. Virtual activities that are impossible to do in real life. Meet people from, literally, all over the planet in live, real-time. Make real, genuine international friendships. Create a real international business. Learn things I would never have otherwise (coding, for example.) Experience being in real-world replicas of places I could never hope to see in real life. Build or buy a home or live on a yacht that could make Warren Buffet envious. Be an airplane pilot, ship pilot, railroad engineer, race-driver and feel like a professional. Dress in ways I'd be arrested for, and others don't blink an eye. Experiment with horrifically-embarrassing activities without a being (generally) judged for it. All of this costs me nothing whatsoever other than time and connection fees if I choose. Because there is all of this, I am willing to spend money to get even more. And by spending my discretionary entertainment money here, rather than elsewhere, I do get more. A wonderful free idealistic home that I may never own in the real world, or, at least, is certainly much larger and more beautiful than the one I have. The ability to purchase virtual land and do anything with it, limited only by my imagination, including the impossible. The ability to pick up stakes where I am and move to the other side of the virtual planet instantly and not have single care or concern. Another favorite quote of mine is, "You cannot plan the future on events of the past." So whenever some change is announced, a lot of people have what appears to be a shrill knee-jerk reaction. To these people I present this: Quote "How many pessimists end up by desiring the things they fear, in order to prove they are right?" —Henry Wheeler Shaw, 1818-1885 In other words, be careful what you wish for. I see Second Life as a gift and one should not look a gift-horse in the mouth, as is often said. I have written down my typical thoughts on this general negativity in another thread: Quote I am left with the impression that too many people take Second Life far too seriously with too high a priority as a going concern in their lives. As for leisure and fun: it is everywhere. You control your own mood, if you go to a circus and look behind the curtains or worry about the smell of the people sitting next to you all the time, you're not going to have a lot of fun while there. Or, you can focus on the rings at the center of the show and have an amazingly wonderful time. C'est la vie. Second Life isn't going anywhere anytime soon. But when it does: Quote "When the well's dry, we know the worth of the water." —Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790 So stop worrying. Be happy. 7 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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