The internet and virtual worlds have brought the people of planet earth a whole lot closer. As a child, I never dreamed I’d be sitting in a virtual reality with people from other continents – but that has become the norm.
I find it interesting that nationality can play a part in how we relate to each other, but not as much as character, personal interests, taste, and the type of humour we have.
The cliche “birds of a feather flock together” is mostly true, and we generally gravitate toward others who share things in common with us. Those into music tend to find others who share that passion and like similar things. This doesn’t mean we dislike people who are different from us, it just means we feel the most comfortable being around “our birds.”
Exposure to other cultures and people with different tastes is a good thing, though. It’s educational. I’ve learned more from people in Second Life the last few years than I have from books or watching television.
I am grateful for Second Life, that I can meet people who live in different parts of the world, that I can encounter those who prefer different clothes and have different opinions of beauty. I’ve actually grown to like things I wouldn’t have given a chance before, such as certain styles of music. Of course, I’ve found things I dislike too, but that’s still part of learning.
Has Second Life helped you relate to others from different cultures or backgrounds? Have you learned anything you wouldn’t have known if not for SL? I could make a huge list. What about you?