A little Prayer from Second Life

A little Prayer from Second Life

My heart feels very heavy today. The past three days alone we have seen so much carnage and a complete disregard for human life. On November 12th, 43 people were killed in Lebanon. On November 13th, 26 people were killed in Iraq and 129 were killed in France. AndĀ in the past year, the same monsters have killed thousands in Syria.

I remember as a little girl when I was first learning about World War II, I used to wonder what it must have been like to be aliveĀ during that time period. How did those around the world feel about all of the cruelty and killing going on? Did they feel as helpless and devastated as I do now?

With all the devastation surrounding these events, it’sĀ a bit of a relief to see the humanity shining through and people stepping up to help strangers. Generous Parisians united and used the hashtag #PorteOuverte on twitter to offer shelter to any of those in need. Then across the ocean, Americans used the hashtag #StrandedinUS and opened their homes to Parisians whose flights were cancelled and were stranded in the US. These small gesturesĀ giveĀ me more hope that not all is lost and there is still much good in this world.

Right now my thoughts are with the friends and families of those that have lost their lives. I pray that we are able to heal and come out stronger so we can unite and defend ourselves from those that are empty of any compassion, love or human decency. I also pray that more innocent lives are not lost because of further ignorance and treachery.

I hope these events give you a sense of obligation to be more proactive andĀ volunteer, donate, vote, educate yourself, protest and protect those that need our help around the world. I know it does for me. If we want this world to change for the better, we need to unite and do it together.



Strawberry has been a Second Life Resident since 2007 and a Linden Lab employee since 2019.

12 thoughts on “A little Prayer from Second Life

  • Pam Astonia

    Such a beautiful tribute, thanks for sharing your thoughts Strawberry! <3

  • Brought tears to my eyes but this is beautiful. Prayers to all of those lost and injured through this time.

  • Tears. Beautiful words. Amen.

  • Strawberry I am so glad you wrote this post, reminding us that we – as human beings – CAN defeat evil by overcoming our complacency and become active citizens [of the world!].

    The overwhelming problems we are facing today and the constant entertainment we are being offered coupled with the dominance of demagogues who offer simplistic solutions often lulls us into a state of mind where we forget that we do have power: the power to go the side of empathy and unite with other like-minded individuals to turn this ocean liner around.

    What do terrorists want? Chaos, pure and simple! They will win when we can’t get out of our perpetual fight/flight response.

    There is a third way: embracing each other and standing strong on the side of humanity!

  • Lady Leena Fandango

    Quoting you: “If we want this world to change for the better, we need to unite and do it together.”

    Truer words were never spoken, a beautiful post. May all those lost rest in peace.

  • I am praying so hard with you. I am sad and tired to see so much pain and desolation. I try to think that evil does not dominate the world but draws much attention. Good things happen all the time anonymously because good people are working tirelessly to that number is always greater.

  • I hope you do not mind…i placed your blog on my facebook timeline. You said it much better than I could have.

  • “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realising that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
    –Fred Rogers

    To this day, I look for the helpers, and they never fail me. They are always there.

  • Curious Somebody

    Amen to religion.

  • Mireille Jenvieve

    Strawberry, thank you. Terrorism is about those who would abuse anything – even the sacred – to unite against the world. People close to their faiths – or simply to their own hearts – turn toward others in peace and compassion, not hatred and violence. All the great religious founders honoured life and taught the ways of hope.
    You bring such beauty to our world, and knowledge and kindness.
    Notes of grace…prayers of peace for you and for all.

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