Experiential education has ruined me. Well, not ruined, but it absolutely has ingrained in me the need to reflect on every experience. Some time ago, I worked to provide outdoor experiential education for young people (kinda like Outward Bound). We would challenge them with activities and then ask them to reflect personally and as a group on those experiences. It really can be a powerful way to deepen your learning. My problem is that it has generally resulted in me reflecting on most every experience I have; this is usually a fantastic thing and I still training myself to recognize those times when things don’t need reflection. Generally speaking, I find myself thinking about things that have happened and trying to find ways to learn and grow from them and my second life is no different.
Maybe it is due to the fact that my first life birthday just passed and my Second Life rez-day is coming up, but I’ve been in a very reflective mood lately. It is hard to say what got me thinking about rights and responsibilities in Second Life, but I have been. I know that I have a tendency to be philosophical and navel gaze about the differences of Second Life and when it comes down to it, things are generally the same in both worlds with the exception of constant pseudonymity and creativity. As we move through our Second Lives, we undoubtedly have the right to be pseudonymous, but with those rights comes responsibilities. So the question for me has been, how do we maintain ourselves in a world where there are different approaches to the rights and responsibilities of pseudonymity? The more I thought about this, the more I thought the words that Sitearm Madonna has in her profile ring true; she’s got a simple, yet wonderful ruleset for SL:
- This is an illusion;
- Trust every one and no one;
- Have fun anyway!; and
- By your actions you shall be known.
Pretty great, isn’t it? The more I think about it, the more I think she’s articulated a wonderful way to be in SL. Implicit in it are three important things, one is that we are responsible for ourselves, we can choose how we percieve and interact with others and we can’t forget the golden rule. With a bunch of reflection and the right timing, I’ve been trying hard to copy Sitearm’s sage advice. So how about you, dear readers, do you have a ruleset that works for you in SL that you would like to share?