A Case for a Virtual Family

Humans confront two paths:

wait
until you’re able to win someone over

Or kill your dream and move on.

But for those whose hearts are bruised when partly healed,
an option it is
to superimpose their desires
on to a computer screen.

Create your spouse, your child, and extend the family if you wish,
or take back a piece.

Name them. Beautify them. Give them voice.

Add music as you arrange dinner plates
while your virtual husband comes out of bathroom,

or put your baby to sleep with a lullaby
of your own voice or of a celestial fairy.

Yes, the joy of having a cyber-family is akin to taking delight in viewing a moving train
with the press of a button–
a return to the world of a child who seems to take toys for real.

Don’t mind the limitations.

While innovations keep pace with our demands,
overcome the reluctance to desperately seek peace in them
who deprive you of it,
and seek comfort in imagination concretized in another world.

Our hopes hinge on engineers, on providers of infrastructure,
on tech companies, on tech guys–
the rest we’ll manage as we embrace our cyber reality.

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A Case for a Virtual Family