Today July 21, 2012 was again the bi weekly meeting of the Roadside Philosophers in the virtual world of Second Life, about 30 in global attendance.
One of them mentioned they lived only 10 miles from the recent event of the shooting at the Aurora movie theater that killed 12 and terrorized the whole area.
The topic of the meeting was, "What is Your definition of success?"
I always talk about the fact that there is some validity from every perspective, so that opened up the conjecture as to what WAS this guy thinking? What was his definition of success for that project?
Could it be he wished to be a part of the drama in the movie? Could it be that he felt people were spending too much time idolizing cartoon characters..pay attention to me? Did he desire to be a super villain? The ONLY thing we can be certain of is that he created his plot consciously, for a reason that was valid to him and took action on that construct.
We all have a view of ourselves that places us as the hero in our role of the plot we perceive. I am the Roadside Philosopher a person that embraces diversity and examines life's truths, however unpleasant. I desire to make things understandable and less painful for all... YET!
I am a villain to many because I do not say, "Poor baby." I do not hold onto the normal typical construct of society that says, You HAVE to do things this way, or your wrong."
I work to understand, but not to give validation to those that use different rulers of value, which OBVIOUSLY do not work in all situations. Instead I seek to understand the rulers.. the measuring sticks by which we make value judgments, and how focused we get on PROVING we are right by those same irrelevant sticks?
The picture above is a first edition Spiderman that I thought would have great value by someone's ruler, but since it is simply a reprint it has no monetary value. Why is that? Why is "old" considered so much more valuable, when it is the same story, same pictures? For me that is a puzzlement. Is it just because, "I have one and you do not? Mine is real... Yours is Not!"
Again the question, "What is Real?" Again I answer... Depends on your ruler... Whether virtual, imaginary, super hero or super villain ...to some it will be a fantasy to another it is their plot.