In the not too distant past, I was watching some old Vanessa Redgrave movies. It all started with some of her films on The Movie Channel, but I went exploring and found my way to a film called Morgan – A Suitable Case for Treatment, a film I’d seen in the very distant past. The reason I liked the film is, the main character Morgan (David Warner) was living in the realm of the extraordinary which included dressing in gorilla costumes and imagining himself to be gorilla.
Morgan had been recently divorced from his classy wife, Leonie (Vanessa Redgrave), and was divorced from day-to-day reality and living in a station wagon outside Leonie’s house in London. It was his life in the auto that brought him to the attention of a local constable. The constable approached the vehicle one morning where he discovered Morgan going through his morning routine. The constable asked sternly, “What is this?” and after a pregnant pause, Morgan replied, “This is an island of sanity…” Anyway, that phrase has been used a lot by all kinds of writers and marketeers, but this is where it took on meaning for me.
There are those who say Second Life is dead. Every day they seem to seek and find more evidence that it is dead, in decline or suspended animation (to be cute about it). But there’s this, Second Life isn’t a game in any traditional sense but a virtual world in the truest sense. And the reason I bring this up is I’ve come to realize that when your mind needs a safe place to roam free, as with Morgan, you can create this place and in a sense create your own island of sanity. I think that may be part of Second Life’s secret sauce.