Second Life has offered benefits to so many of us over the years in ways that would be hard to quantify here… but it’s also developed a sickness. Maybe this is something that Second Life always had. I’m not so sure, but it’s definitely been growing, because like the Audrey plant in Little Shop of Horrors, we keep feeding the damn thing, and then some of us want to stand back and complain when it tries to bite us.
This isn’t how that works, people. Apart from a few blissful people who long ago realized that none of it matters and are simply enjoying things in their SL and sharing things they like and just in general being a dose of positivity in the universe, I’ve seen almost nothing but people dragging each other down, whining about the bloggies, or the sales, or the lack of sales, or how much something shouldn’t cost, how much something sucks, how much they could do it better. I’d like to say I think it will get better but I remember some of the insanity around the holidays last year, so to be honest, I don’t have a whole lot of hope for it.
Let me apologize a little bit ahead of time because I recognize that recent weeks have left me with a bit of clarity that may sound strange to some of you. #sorrynotsorry – and here’s why. Here’s the thing about SL. If you care, you care. If you didn’t care, you wouldn’t be flooding my timeline and others’ with walls of text spewing hate and negativity. Stop it. If you don’t like the bloggies, don’t participate. If you don’t like a store, you don’t have to stop and comment on every post that mentions it, or write a mini book series about your opinion on Facebook every day. You don’t have to support the people you don’t like, or the brands you don’t like, or the popularity contests you don’t like, or whatever you want to call them – but you are. Negative press is still press and press generates interest, and anyone who has studied marketing and ad placement will tell you that there’s a whole group of people who will want to do something even more simply because you took sooooo much time out of your day to tell them they shouldn’t do it.
Me. I’m 110% one of those people who will do something just because I’m told I can’t or I shouldn’t…usually just to prove that I can, but that’s beside the point.
The point is: There is always going to be something you don’t like, someone who is better than you, someone who is more more outgoing, someone just a little further along on the curve, someone who is in a different circle, or has a hobby that you don’t understand, or a hair color you don’t think matches their skin tone. Always. This is true for real life and for Second Life, and the thing that some people have such a hard time accepting is that the only thing you can do most of the time (and especially if you don’t want to turn into a miserable grinch) is… let it go.
*cue Disney sing-a-long*
Why make yourself miserable? Why spread that misery onto others? Why not simply enjoy the things you like and do the things you want to do and participate where you want to participate, and let others do the same? Why can’t we just let people have their little slice of joy and be kind to one another? Why, with everything else that is going on in the Twilight Zone episode that is 2020, is this the hardest pill for some to swallow?
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