First I should probably apologize for my long absence (e.g. 27 days). I have been involved in a mission of discovery.
I have been trying to Grok that thing called Second Life. For those who don't know, Second Life is an online Virtual World home to some 1.5 million people where people live, love, laugh, cry and basically get to be the people they always wanted to be. So ends theory.
After studying it for a month, this is what I can tell you about it. It is an incredibly beautiful, fascinating, dangerous place. 99.9% of the people here are decent in that they treat each other with respect. Most of them (and this I found surprising) are between the ages of 30 and 50, and a sizeable majority have rl (Real Life) partners. A fair chunk also have an online partner (or two or more) and these relationships are frequently as sincere and important to them as anything in the real world.
There is a lot of sex, gambling and shopping. There is also an extraordinarily high amount of romantically oriented environments, from sunsets in Tahiti to a snowy night in Paris and that led me to a theory.
Romance is often the part of us that gets buried inside, hidden behind the facade that we have to show to the outside world.
In astrology, some may call this facade the Ascendant (or rising) sign - the image you portray to the outside world.
But in Second Life, this facade has no purpose. You're identity is well protected by default, you can be the person you want to be, and so your Sun sign shines through unencumbered.
I have heard many people say they would quite happily give up their first life to spend full time in this one; there is simply so much to do and to be here.
There is a lot to learn in this world - I haven't touched on the houses people build (not as outlandish as one would think in most cases), or the economy (Second Life got its first US dollar millionaire last week), or the programming language (which is a simplified version of the perl/java/C specii)
and I will probably write more about it if I remember to come up for air. For now, if anyone who wants to find me out there, look for a geeky looking Avatar by the name of "Silicon Revolution"