My Second Life! Mine! You probably think that I'm stating the obvious - because we're told it is "Your World" by the powers that be. However, I think it's time (and I'll explain why at the bottom of this post) I make it very clear what I personally mean by "My Second Life".
I make the rules for My Second Life - there aren't very many of them. I'm usually a "live and let live" kind of avatar. There are a few areas where I hold strong and less than understanding/supportive opinions. I'm not arrogant enough to believe that everybody has to think the way I do. Mostly I keep them to myself and if I feel compelled to take action I'll do so quietly. You are allowed the same freedom to make rules for Your Second Life. Just don't expect me to admire/adhere/support/or approve of them if they don't coincide with mine. Just one of the perks I claim in this world.
The real focus of this rant is "the invisible friend". Many people have them in real life. In my real life there is a Government Minister who believes that the world is 6,000 years old because his invisible friend told him so. In my real life my tax dollars go to support adherents of various invisible friends because those adherents have a lot of political power. In my real life I see violence and death and carnage because people insist on having different invisible friends. I can't do anything about this and don't have the power even if I thought I'd try. Many people seem to have calm, peaceful invisible friends. These people would seem wiser than the others however they unfortunately appear to be in the minority. But that is real life. In the virtual world I say no to all of this.
This is My Second Life. In My Second Life your invisible friend is no more the "true" invisible friend than anybody else's. Don't expect me to take sides. Hate filled venom sounds exactly the same no matter who is saying it. The only difference between you is your target.
If I wanted an invisible friend in Second Life (or any life) it would be a She. After all - the panoply of male invisible friends was created by misogynistic underachievers who thought they would improve their lives if women weren't in charge. She would be a healer, a loving individual who was tied to the earth and the seasons and couldn't hate anybody, even the ones following the wrong invisible friend. She would, however, consider proselytizing to be a sin. Which brings me to the impetus for this rant.
Do not come to my island in My Second Life and try to convince me that your invisible friend should be mine. At any time. For any reason. I can, and do, ignore friends and strangers when they rant. I will not permit you to invade my little corner of this world and spew your deluded garbage in my direction. I will not be polite and I won't be silent. And then you will be both muted and banned. Because in My Second Life I have the power to do that.
just saying .............