I was directed by friend and mentor KJ to view a remarkable series of short videos by New York filmmaker Josh Levy that ask some very good questions and make some excellent points about SL. As I watched, I wrote down (yes I am an immigrant!) the names of places within SL, and then went for a personal visit to “Better World Island“.
My first stop was “Baghdad Streets“. I wandered around and was sickened by what I saw and saddened but the stupidity of it all. I am not, and have never been a supporter of Bush’s folly in Iraq, but living on the back steps of Camp Pendleton, I have ALWAYS supported our troops. But so many people have died, and so little has been accomplished, it tears at my heart and I despair for the idiocy that is mistaken for patriotisim or “doing the right thing” for others. Still, I was glad to have a more realistic picture of what life is like there. Walking through this picture world of all of the humanity affected by the ugliness that happens in Iraq on a daily basis, I was thankful for all of the blessings I have had in my life -how very lucky we are, and so many Americans take what they have for granted.
After that sobering visit to Baghdad , I pressed on to “Camp Darfur” where I was confronted by even more death and destruction.
As I stood transfixed by the devastation in front of my eyes, a friend, Scott Merrick came in world and I was compelled to IM him to join me -I’m so glad he did. Having a friend along made the experience less opressive, although he did make the comment that it felt “claustrophobic” -and indeed it did, as I’m sure the builder intended. This build is heavy on the sensory overload, and chock full of video and touchables which were well worth the time they took to experience fully.
All is not death and gloom on Better World Island however. A visit to the “Center For Water Studies,” the “Gardens of Hope” or “Mystery Island” are all uplifting experiences, and I came away with hope, as I usually do.
“I keep my ideals because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”