I've been struggling with how to make sense of this issue in my mind lately. Virtual reality seems to have taken hold in our world and after just watching a few TED Conference videos extolling the virtues of video games I feel a bit confused.
As with everything, their potential to do good is as staggering as it is to do not good. But here's what I have learned - while the "real"world may be an illusion from God's perspective, from my human one, real life trumps computer life.
The computer and the internet have become necessary tools to help me connect to you and to others. But what I have realized in may time spent with other people is the real value comes in the face to face, not the video I make afterwords.
We may find ways to reach each other across the virtual world, but the thing that satisfies the soul isn't technology, it's in the activation of the five senses in real time, not virtual time.
I watched a very disturbing video by a young man who talks about how he is losing grips on what is real. He is aware of the way his mind is being programmed by others, yet he can't walk away. Instead, he chooses to trust the people designing the video games....we all know how that works out when money is the measure of our success.
Life may be an illusion - but it is also the way we learn to manage how we create it. The concern I have is that when we play video games we give our responsibility and consequences from our decisions over to someone whose main goal is to profit off of us. Is that really a good idea?
I know this isn't my problem to solve, but it rests at the core of how I want to participate in helping others share their stories virtually. The conclusion I have come to is to use virtual reality to inspire others to want real reality. It is more satisfying to the soul and that is the goal of life on earth. Profit and entertainment is not.
Welcome to my Journey!
I'm inviting you to join me on my journey as I seek to find a new way of being in an old set of systems. It's hard, but worth it!