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Virtual Reality in Declining Empires

May 11, 2014

The British Empire, in it’s day the greatest empire in world history, in it’s dying moment as the dominant world power gave rise to JRR Tolkien. Tolkien wrote about the militant (and non-militant) forces of good militarily (and non-militarily) defeating the forces of evil, at the precise moment when the British were no longer (in their eyes) going to be able to continue to do that.

In the United States Tolkien wasn’t popular until the Vietnam War, which began the decline of the American Empire, which followed the British as the dominant global power and eclipsed them, holding half of global wealth at it’s peak. The Society for Creative Anachronism, formed during the horrors of extensively applied chemical destruction in Vietnam, honored pre-industrial society (pointedly, the age before such chemicals could be mass produced) and Tolkien, with Dungeons and Dragons following shortly thereafter.

When Tolkien moved to the virtual, “fantasy” sphere he continued the British military tradition of cleansing the world of evil for the sake of the empire (again, how they saw it).

One can’t for the most part read a book over and over again. Dungeons and Dragons was a step up in technology from books, allowing players to experience the joys of cleansing evil many times over, initiated at the time when such cleansings were thought to no longer be possible in reality.

In neither society did people stop to question whether the cleansings are right to do in the first place. So of course when the cleansings stop being viable in reality they were merely moved to the virtual sphere, and this has continued to the present day with 80% of mainstream games featuring killing as the primary mode of gameplay, usually of either monsters or “the enemy” and often in effectively genocidal manner.

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Update

October 28, 2006

I cannot write here. I can only write to fire. I’m sorry.

Taking a break

October 18, 2006

I’m taking some time off from the blog… maybe a few days. I may engage in a comment or two but no new posts are expected.

The means, not the ends, and on self-serving

October 17, 2006

In goodness the focus is on the means, and the ends take their course. Patience is a virtue found therein.

Self-serving boils down to “a focus on the ends”… goodness is ultimately self-serving as well but its longer-term, more patient, and not concerned with changes, not even concerned with the end (the end result is always deemed good when emergent from a good source).

This is why people convinced that they are good can be self-righteous… self-understood goodness is a factor of self-righteousness.

To Fire

October 16, 2006

Per Bill Dungsroman’s judgement, he advised me that some of my articles concerning fire caused her injury. If that is the case, I apologize to her and by that belief I have withdrawn all articles referencing her.

Any lack of posts concerning her in the future are not due to any lack of caring on my part, but merely a wish to avoid injury.

Looking for a Job

October 12, 2006

I’m looking for a job, preferably in academic research or political activism (anarchism). Comment if you have any leads.

Time to sort things out

October 6, 2006

I remain very confused about my feelings on many issues related to fire and others. I need time to sort them out. Please be patient.