Made of virtual reality
Do you like to jump from the real world to a virtual one? For some, visiting the other "improved" world is an escape, for others it is fun, and for others relaxation. Virtually, we can be anyone we want to be. We can look the way we want and know everything we can think of. Why is the virtual world so attractive to us?
Imagination. That is the answer. And it's great! It's a beautiful gift we've all received. We probably used it more when we were little. No one had to exhort us, "Imagine ..." because we just did it in every spare moment. Everything is allowed in the imagination. We can visit fantasy worlds, meet famous people, settle accounts with enemies according to our own scenario and plan. Sounds great, doesn't it? Who among us would not indulge in daydreaming or falling asleep with the best ideas imaginable? The virtual world offers us all this in full, and at the moment it's IN, modern and sexy.
Reality on the other hand?
The world is difficult and boring. Reality is hard work. We become real with everything that belongs to us- our mistakes, shortcomings and weaknesses. And tackling it all is hard and sometimes impossible. It takes a long time to make your dreams come true. And it takes courage. But reality has a huge advantage. It is tangible. Everything in it is within reach. Some parts of reality are ours, and so we can be proud of them. This is not the case in the virtual world.
That's what we live for now. We carry our virtual world in the pocket of the real one and escape into it as much as possible. We talk with people we don't know personally, get to know one another through photos, we let our lives be managed by applications. Why is this?
Certainly, applications are smarter than us. The applications are 100% beneficial and important. Without navigation on the phone, we might not be able to travel today. Thanks to communication technologies, the world is suddenly smaller and more accessible. We can talk to our friends on the other side of the world, we can shop whenever and wherever we like from our own home without getting up from the couch.
An occasional escape from reality - whether into fantasy or a virtual world, is fine. We can simply relax in it and experience emotions that our own world and life do not offer us. But when is it healthy?
It's healthy when we're aware of this difference. When we know what is artificial and mediated, and what is real.
When we know who we are, and when we engage with someone else's alter ego. Because our own life is tangible. It's better to have relationships within physical reach. It is better to use all the senses, really, in reality. The virtual world can be a great tool, mediator and helper. The virtual world should not be our home. Because the house doesn't hold on to our own foundations.