Priorities & Compassion & Second Life

Dragonfly (moderate)

In one of my previous work incarnations I used to help large companies plan for the after effects of geographical disasters.. One of the hardest messages to get across was that their employees’ priorities would change. Their first thoughts would not be about recovering the systems and assets of their employers.

Dragonfly (moderate)

Immediate concerns about the health of those around you, the physical consequences of events such as Hurricane Sandy, the ongoing impact on power and transportation, the recovery effort required on a personal level, are all urgent and immediate and shut out any other considerations. Unless you are a first responder (and they have personal issues to address as well) you can’t be expected to act as if your life is less important than your job.

Dragonfly (moderate)

I bring this up because the Second Life community extends around the world – but, in many cases, our interactions are with anonymous names. We see the horrific images online and on tv, we understand intellectually the size and scope of what has happened, but we forget that this involves individuals.

Dragonfly (moderate)

So – if a retailer doesn’t respond to your notecard consider that they might be a little distracted right now. If somebody working on an event or build inworld suddenly disappears, don’t take it personally. You don’t know where they live – assume that events in the real world are interfering with their ability to respond to your needs.

If you can be patient, if you can plunge in and help inworld with something that would otherwise be taken care of by a person affected by this disaster, if you can put your own priorities on hold – that would be one way to demonstrate compassion and community and understanding.

Dragonfly (moderate)
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  1. Very well said.

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  2. caramia Mizin

     /  October 30, 2012

    agree with your comments Honor, my LandLady she lives in NYC, and her last twitter was saving power on my phone, one of my long time best friends in SL lives on/in Rhodes Is some where, her last email was via phone, power gone but safe…. & 2 other friends I have not heard from… in Jan 2012 Qld, Australia suffered with a cylone & flooding, our best wishes goes to our friends who live in this trouble spot right now.

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  3. caramia Mizin

     /  October 30, 2012

    Jan 2011 I meant…

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