I have been considering this post for some time but kept putting the actual writing off -I’m not sure why, but I think it has to do with its inherent content and recent events with SL friends.
This quote was sent to me long ago, (really long ago -like 28 years) by a very dear friend. It was especially apropos at the time, as I was a BFA student in Drama at USC.
There are many exceptional poetic expressions of friendship and relationships, but this says so much, so skillfully, and so eloquently, that it has always resided in my mind as a reflection of my feelings about good friends. I suppose dear reader, that is why I am sharing it with you now.
“… for in companions
That do converse and waste the time together,
Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love,
There must be needs a like proportion
Of lineaments*, of manners and of spirit”
William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice Act III Scene IV
I have made so many friends in SL since I first set foot on EduIsland, that I cannot count them on both hands. But I have also connected on a very personal level with several of those, and in such a way that my *life* has been dramatically altered.
I think that the intrinsic nature of relating to others in SL is what allows us to cut through boundaries that exist on the physical plane; whether they be appearance, physical ability, social anxiety, or any of the other hinderances that keep us from communicating with each other fully: heart, mind, and soul. This is one of the greatest benefits of exploring virtual worlds and to teaching in them as well, and why it is worthwhile for so many.
So, to that handful of individuals to which I refer above, (you know who you are) I thank you heart, mind, and soul for your friendship, support, and encouragement. You have enriched my life beyond measure.