Last Tuesday we gathered at LnL to discuss the topic "I ran so far away... - Escaping into Second Life!" (absolutely amazing photo London prepared for the blog and so fitting too! Thanks!). The word "escape" is not an easy word for its negative connotation, yet everyone agreed to use it to simplify the understanding of the different sides of what was being discussed. The group thought that Second Life (SL) was a very effective way of escaping Real Life (RL). It was interesting to see that this "escape" was experienced as something mostly positive as it allowed for new experiences, creativity, exploring and learning new skills. SL works for many as an empowerment tool. Businesses are created, stores, that allow for a sense of purpose. But it was also mentioned by the group that sometimes one gets more than one expects or is ready for and the paradoxical experience of feeling the need to escape SL/within SL (for example creating an alt) becomes a reality. Speaking of reality, to the question whether SL allowed one to escape further and further into oneself, becoming isolated as a result, the group went on to discuss the meaning of "reality" and what is real/not real in SL! Very interesting! We did "escape" the topic a few times this week! LOL And how thought-provoking it was too! :) As a conclusion, running away from RL, running away from problems, boredom, an angry ex, from SL's issues, are only a few of the reasons that make some use SL as a form of escapism. As paradoxical as it may seem, let's hope "escaping" becomes the trampoline for positive life experiences! Drop by next week for a new topic at LnL's!