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24 March 2007


It is interesting how small systems replicate large ones. That is, when one looks at Second Life or Wa He Lut the problems seem to me to reflect problems of, say, the world in general. Hardly surprising, really. There might be something I can learn by looking at these systems - and indeed I've been thinking about things night 'n' day. Disclaimer: I'm happy 99.99% of the time but lately have been glum due to being unwell, so I recognise that everything is colored with glum tones. Still, my thoughts are like this:

1. There can be no level playing field for the unethical and ethical because unethical people will do things ethical people will not. The best that can be done is to structure our societies, as much as possible, so that unethical behaviour is undesirable and unrewarded.
"You just scammed me and took my money!"
"Yeah - you believed me so that makes you stupid. If you want to be smart scam someone and get your money back."

2. Societies seem to've been formed to provide the structure of a healthy family to unrelated individuals.
"Ha ha! I set the old woman on fire!"
"Ha ha! Hey - that's my MOTHER."

3. People view themselves as part of small subset communities, and it may be a failure of imagination that they don't understand they are part of the large one. Therefore they will hammer the search server 24/7 with bots, scam people by selling land with objects then remove the objects, create DOS attacks, grief people with extortionary tactics. Or start wars, steal money and give it to their cronies, use vastly over the amount of the earth's resources than they should, etc. Unfortunately the list can go on for miles.
No man is an island. entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. John Donne

I try to be conscious every waking moment and think about what I'm doing, as it's easy to fall into a lazy style of doing things. I'm not totally successful, of course, but things that go wrong are revealing. Ultimately, at this point, I can only be concerned with my own behaviour. As it goes externally, so it happens internally, too, and what I find so difficult to bear about the SL and RW external/internal situations is being required to cope passively with anything that is dished up.


posted by - 2:25 PM

I agree it is a matter of individuals not perceiving their unity with all of us. Throw in a dose of emotional immaturity and some ancient angers at parents and siblings and voila! you have destructive people running amok. In a world such as ours, they can be relatively anonymous, and this seems to encourage acting out in ways that society frowns upon

It is always easier to kill/maim/annoy/grief the stranger.

I firmly believe that one day not so long from now, we will not have the delusion of anyone being a stranger, and that will bring about a different world.
I'm not really time-based so the idea that things will be different in the future doesn't really help me. What is happening is both ephemeral and eternal.
It's just a thing to think about, in a way. Although I love the Earth it will change over and over in the stream of that same thing called "time" which has so many faces it might just as well have none.
Mankind - has it jumped the shark?
Shark-kind has been around A LOT longer than mankind.

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