I was just coming from a site where we had that age-old discussion about playing World of Warcraft/WoW.
There is those people who spend time in virtual worlds like WoW, and there is the "opponents" who despise the idea who think that people who spend
lots of time in a virtual world like World of Warcraft are kind of mentally, socially handicapped, crazy etc.
One often heard statement by the "opponents" of the WoW players is "It is much better if you go out in real life and meet people" - as opposed to
spending hours online in a virtual world like WoW.
(For people who do not know WoW..i need to add that you play with real people and the game can get VERY involved. Eg. when it comes to raiding, your
guild etc. There is a HUGE social component since for example serious raiding requires communication and coordination and team play of all the
Now - here is where i want to bring in my main thought for this discussion:
Why is the "real life" supposed to be "better" as opposed to playing a virtual character in a virtual world like World of Warcraft?
When i examine such a statement that meeting people "in real life" is better, it should come down to like that for some reason there is a preference
to communicate and interact with other people "in person" using our real, physical bodies. (Sorry if this sounds awkward now).
But here is the deal: Besides some obvious things where we need our bodies (wink, wink) - what makes us human is also *and mainly* because we
communicate, share thoughts etc. which does not "require" our physical bodies be present.
In fact, many spiritual schools teach something like that the human soul, what MAKES us human - is indeed separate from our bodies which are often
only seen as vessels.
Many people are in fact feeling that their physical bodies do not "properly" represent them, what they really are in mind and spirit. (Someone could
be ugly, sick, overweight, black, white etc...IRRELEVANT). If you are ugly, are you a less interesting and less interesting person? Etc..etc..
Here my question, is not the representation of our very own SPIRIT & SOUL via means of a virtual world (for example a WoW character) a very legit and
actually interesting and good thing to do?
What is the difference? In real life you will encounter a human mind/soul "represented" by a physical body given by birth - and in a virtual world a
human can "choose" to create a virtual persona and represent his own mind, thoughts via such a virtual persona - but it STILL makes him a real human
Even in the game you can not only talk, communicate, have fun, laugh etc...but also accomplish tasks or go on adventures etc. (of course they are "not
real" but rather "virtual") - but does it play a role even? Isn't it, in some odd sense irrelevant?
What would make the virtual world "irrelevant" or "less better" than the real world as is argued by the people who think that such games are
"nonsense"? Why do they say it is "better if you go out an meet people"...but totally reject the idea that a virtual world is indeed a legit way for a
human to "incarnate".
In simple speak..if we accept religious beliefs about a soul/mind separate from the body it shouldn't play a role at all. We could use all kinds of
technical means to actually become BETTER humans because we could "plug in" our mind and then represent what we really are in better ways than we can
do in our physical body? Ironically, classic religions and spiritual schools should agree since MOST of them do not see mind/body as ONE, most of them
say our soul is what we REALLY are.
Me and my wife, we are avid WoW players. Every day in World of Warcraft, we do various things. If i am on WoW in my WoW character - and she is logged
on on her character...we communicate, do this or that dungeon etc... even when i am turned into a Warlock or a Paladin character i still act like "me"
and she is still her even if she all of a sudden is a shadow priest
Even if we are in situations which are not real (a dungeon with monsters etc.)
it's still *us* - although the virtual characters in the world gave us new abilities to act out "in game"...or new things to discover which don't
exist in the real world.
It's merely a different context given for two minds/souls.. where the human mind can still (and better even) be the same human mind with all its
attributes - the interaction in a virtual world does NOT give this interaction and communication "less quality" at all, the opposite is actually true.
This is why i don't understand that some people are so opposed of this idea.
edit on 30-8-2011 by flexy123 because: (no reason given)