The Prison of Imagined Worlds

The Prison of Imagined Worlds


It was that time of year when graveyards hold a certain appeal. You would know this time as Halloween. In Cratersville, we celebrated this spooky season with a relaxing of the strict rules of decorum we all lived under. I must have been inspired by this melange of things when I wrote this for a school history assignment:

Once upon a time, virtual worlds dominated the daily lives of the inhabitants of Earth. Technology allowed these fantasy hungry denizens to experience sensory augmented realities in ways not accessible through the dim halls of their own imagination or the flat worlds of television, books and movies. Life was good—for a while. These computer-generated landscapes couldn’t recreate the sun-warmed beauty of a spring day or the windswept splendor of a sunset by the beach. People tired of their edenic enclaves and mythical fantasy lands. They wanted to be real again, but they couldn’t bring themselves to disconnect fully from their virtual lives. This dilemma led to a discovery of a Magic that could give them everything they wanted—for a price. The Magic required a contract of sorts: To make their fantasy worlds real they must learn to balance the freedoms of their imagination with the duties of their everyday existence. The prospective gods didn’t see the trap that this would prove to be. As their grand experiment faulted, they instituted rules designed to keep their created worlds from collapsing under their own excesses. Creating was restricted to a few until it wasn’t allowed at all. All the creatures that could have been, all the worlds that could have come were forbidden. Life became a static existence of never-changing sameness. The icon spheres became decorum-laden prisons instead of the lively, ever-changing worlds that they were meant to be. We became trapped by the egos of our ancestors, desperately looking for a way to break free.

—Jellybean Reds, Creator of Little Creatures

Note from teacher:
A for creativity
D for accuracy
Jelly, this is not what the history books say.
Perhaps this was your creative writing assignment?

My reply:
Just because it’s “history” doesn’t mean that it’s true.

Prison of Imagined Worlds

Prison of Imagined Worlds

Prison of Imagined Worlds - Creature Chained to Tombstone

Prison of Imagined Worlds – Creature Chained to Tombstone

Prison of Imagined Worlds - Weekle with Flower

Prison of Imagined Worlds – Weekle with Flower

Prison of Imagined Worlds - Ghost with Antennas

Prison of Imagined Worlds – Ghost with Antennas

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