I always look forward to reading The Metaverse Messenger each week. Norinn Richard, who writes the column titled The Line: Studying the line between our two lives, always seems to offer great insight.
Here is a quote from his column in the 08/27/09 issue:
"Perhaps Second Life is the ultimate diplomacy tool. When you can't see the other person's stereotypical "outer" characteristics, you get to see who the person you are talking to really "is" on the inside."
I can certainly agree with this. For me it's all about getting to the core of who we are regardless of the form our avatar takes.