Do we love ourselves more in the virtual world and less in the real world?
As a Stoic philosopher, I would say that the answer to this question depends on how we use the virtual world and how it affects our relationship with ourselves and others.
On the one hand, the virtual world can provide opportunities for self-expression, creativity, and connection with others. Social media, for example, can allow us to share our thoughts, experiences, and emotions with a wide audience, and to connect with people from all over the world who share our interests and values.
However, the virtual world can also be a source of distraction, addiction, and disconnection from the real world. Spending too much time on social media or other digital platforms can lead to a sense of isolation, anxiety, and low self-esteem, as we compare ourselves to others and seek validation through likes, followers, and comments.
From a Stoic perspective, true self-love and self-respect come from developing our own character and living according to our own values, rather than seeking external validation or approval. Therefore, it is important to use the virtual world in a way that supports our own growth and well-being, rather than undermining it.
Ultimately, whether we love ourselves more in the virtual world or less in the real world depends on how we use technology and how it affects our relationship with ourselves and others. By cultivating self-awareness, mindfulness, and critical thinking, we can use the virtual world in a way that supports our own growth and well-being, while also staying connected to the real world and the people around us.
* Well, I can’t speak for everyone.but I love myself more than a beam of light’s distance traveled no matter how long it has been since the beam was originally released.
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus