In my short time in Whyville, I have recognized the
things that I know very well from the outside world
being brought into the world of Whyville, as I
mentioned in my last article.
Today I will discuss, in depth, one of the things I mentioned in that
People in Whyville try to have every relationship
known to them from the outside world, from mother, to
girlfriend, to husband, to son and so on. I guess people are
trying to satisfy the need that is natural to every
human being. That need is the need to be loved.
Though some of us find these people almost naturally
here on Whyville, others do not have so much luck.
They go around begging people to take them on as their
son, their girlfriend, their wife, as do many people
in the real world.
Many of you may know the boy or girl, in reality or on
Whyville, who wants a friend or partner so badly he/she
asks anyone and everyone to be that special someone.
As you may have already realized yourself, these
people are often discarded as freaks, geeks, and
losers before anyone even gives them a chance to be
This is where the bad stuff comes in. These
relationships become hatred, and these "rejects" are
tackled by so much pain and disgust it drives them
over the edge. On Whyville, it leads to hacking,
cursing, and name-calling. In the real world, it
leads to loneliness, suicide, and bloodshed.
In closing, I would like to ask a favor of you that I
know you have been asked to do before. Say hi to
someone whom no one is talking to, inside or outside of
Whyville. Make them feel needed, feel special. Your
little bit of kindness could make a world of a
difference. That's the connection.
P.S. As I walk around our town, I notice many people
talking about their boyfriends, girlfriends, friends,
and enemies. Write to the Times about how your experiences
in Whyville may relate to the ones outside, and we can keep
this conversation goin'!