Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Difference between Virtual and Reality

It's interesting. This title has been a draft for a very long time, but for some reason I never actually finished writing the it's kind of apropos that I finish it now, as I finish posting.

I've met various people over the course of my short lifetime, and the subject of the Internet has come up quite often. Some people couldn't get along with it, more couldn't get along without it. I worked with someone who had friends from all over the world due to an online game he played, but had very few in real life, because he never actually spent physical time with people. It sorta got me thinking.

Am I like that? Does having a blog, and the ego-boosting comments that go with it, seperate me from real life? Is virtual reality more important to me than real reality?

It really hit home a few days ago ( it's a few months ago, but I still remember the event), when it got very personal, and I realized that I don't apply the same standards to myself that I apply to others. If I think that others should spend time with people and not screennames, then I should be doing the same.

I won't deny it. This is very hard for me. I enjoy sharing my thoughts with the world, and seeing the responses of the collective world to them. But I refuse to say one thing and do another. (I might occasionally comment on other people's blogs, though. Or is that hypocritical also? If I know the person in real life, or if I've made such a close connection with them...I'm not sure. I'll have to see.)

I'm still around. My email hasn't changed...

I'm saving this as a draft for a few more days to think about it. I've been around for a while, so it'll be weird to stop. I sure hope that I can, for sooo many reasons.

Later edit: This has been a very important experience for me. I've met and been touched by many people, with whom I truly would like to remain in contact. Again, my email hasn't changed (although I check that email less periodically than I used to).

עלו והצלחו (Rise up and succeed), and may we be truly be zoche to love one another, as well as our incredibly beautiful heritage, and bring a גאולה שלימה בקרוב.


defen said...

If I may, I'd like to take the liberty of saying that the comments people post are ego-boosting because you've made a clear and conscientious choice to discuss issues in a proper manner, and because you've made clear choices about the people to whose blogs you link, and because people can tell you hold yourself to a higher standard. The riffraff have no interest in this blog and the ones who do comment, respect you. I chiefly among them.

עלי רהצליחי, TRW. I shall miss your insight.

Karl said...

You are (nearly) 100% right. Everything serves its purpose and has its time & place but there is not always a difference between virtual & reality. Often the two can overlap or merge. The fact you feel it is hypocritical, is only a proof that the virtual has a reality!
הצלחה in all you do & wherever life leads you.

Jewboy said...

Far be it from me to tell you how to live your life, but I must ask if having a "real" life and having a blog life have to be mutually exclusive. I know that for me, my blog is fun but it's certainly not the main thing in my life. I have plenty of real friends and relationships to keep me busy as well. If you feel that you personally can't do both that's your call, but I just wanted to raise this point.

Scraps said...

I don't think I can say anything that hasn't already been said, and said better. Hatzlacha in everything, and I'll miss your contributions to the j-blogosphere.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

It was fun reading your blog from time to time...many of us will still be around if you want to come back again to say hi!