I know that his topic gets tossed around a lot among bloggers and stuff. I have even touched on it a few times. Not all of us our going to agree and that's a good thing. So if you are one of those SL residents who approaches SL as something of a game and manage to disassociate yourself with anything remotely human, then you're probably not going to care for what I have to share.
My personal belief is that there is no way to separate both our SL and what I like to call "first life" experiences. Let's face it, we DO bring our first life experiences into SL each time we log on. If you had a bad day at work, going through a difficult time, or had an awesome revelation in your first life, it will come about in any social contact you have with others. We are all social beings. SL friendships are a wonderful outlet for sharing. True SL friends are the ones that take the time to listen and offer feedback in a caring and a non-judgmental way. They share your ups and downs.
The other point, I was reminded of is that in SL we have the ability to not only dream, but take those dreams and explore them in a way we can't or might not do in our first life. Whether this is in a creative sense such as learning a new skill, or in developing certain personal relationships. SL gives us the opportunity to actually "live the dream" and at the same time, hopefully we are able to learn about ourselves in the process. This in turn will spill over into our first life.
Comments are always welcome.