Bush Said it All in Three Short Sentences
“Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization. Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions.”
Former President George W. Bush, at the memorial service for the slain policemen at Dallas, Texas.
“There’s been some hard feelings here About some words that were said Been some hard feelings here and what is more
There’s been a bloody purple nose And some bloody purple clothes That were messing up the lobby floor
It’s just apartment house rules so all you ‘partment house fools Remember one man’s ceiling is another man’s floor One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor…”
One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor, Paul Simon
It’s time to break up the circular firing squad we have going, and discover what unity we can as a nation, and as a world. I’ve found very few occasions when there’s been anyone in Second Life who didn’t come here to make friends and have fun – without hurting others.
That said, a political argument I had with someone from another country got out of hand last weekend. Doesn’t really matter over what. Nothing about this issue would have changed, had one of us been converted to the other’s viewpoint.
As the argument escalated and became more personal, I pleaded for us to stop, just stop conversing at all for a while, and give each other a day to relax and view it all in perspective. That wasn’t happening, so I blocked her for a day.
Suddenly, all the complex science-fiction related role play infrastructure, world creation, everything we’d been developing fell apart. I was kicked out of one RP-related group we’d worked together on. She left me on another such group, but I was also angry now, and resigned from it.
Months of work on what might have been great Second Life gaming fell apart, just like that. I can’t control what she did, but I ought to have had better control over what I did.
I ought to have explained why I was blocking her and that it wasn’t hostile; exactly the opposite, I was trying to preserve a friendship and a good working relationship. I suppose just dropping out of world was an option, but that seemed cowardly to me.
So it went.
RL Politics will kill Second Life if we let it. It’s not uncommon, unfortunately, to read comments in Nearby Chat criticizing one of the candidates in this year’s Presidential elections. I don’t like either of them, to be honest. My decision will turn on who’s the lesser evil. Who I think that might be is my business, and I don’t go to dances to hear who someone else thinks should be President. I’m holding out for Elon Musk in 2020.
Anyone reading this, I don’t care what you think on RL political issues. I hope you don’t hate anyone for their religion or their heritage or their politics. If you do, let me know so we can part without rancor, or keep it to yourself and consider working to overcome it.