Or maybe it's two or three virtual worlds.
My first SL home of Adam ondi Ahman (I'll use AoA a lot, as the islanders do) was founded by faithful Mormons who enjoyed Second Life but wanted a place where they could avoid some of the excesses that are out there. I arrived there less than ten days after it opened, and when I bought my first land the sim was about half-full.
My second SL home of Caledon has a couple of affinities with AoA. Both are places with ties to the 19th century--Victoriana for Caledon, the Mormon pioneers for AoA. And both are places where public decency is expected. But in other ways the steampunkers and the Saints couldn't be more different.
They're alike in one more crucial respect. Both are growing like wildfire. Caledon was founded in February of 2006, and now has 30 sims. Adam ondi Ahman was founded in March of 2007, and now has 8 sims. In each case a community has adopted a common set of ideals, and the results attract others.
And there's a whole lot more in SL beyond my two homes, although unless I am shopping I seem to spend less and less time outside AoA and Caledon.
So I see Worlds and Lives Abound as the intersection of four worlds:
- My own first life.
- Adam ondi Ahman, and life within a community of the faithful in virtuality.
- Caledon, and life in a realm of marvels rooted in our history, fiction, and myths.
- Second Life as a whole.