Replacement strategy. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
And if it's not a harbinger for the "New Heaven and New Earth" that the Bible speaks of....then it's either heaven or hell itself!
I'm not really sure which one because my experiences were both heavenly and hellish. But after reading "The Book of Enoch" and a few other lost books of the Bible, I know that the ancient ones believed that there were multiple heavens and hells. There were at least 7 heavens, I believe, so surely they would have seen the internet as at least one of them.
My adventure online started with my RPG Character Adam. Adam wasn't my first RPG Character but he might be the one I played the longest. I spent about 3 years living a completely different life in the parallel dimension that was the internet. And throughout this time Adam wasn't alone. He had two best friends and teammates, Ethan and Koi.
In our little fictional online world, this trio was felt like they were running things!
I don't know what me(Adam), Koi and Ethan thought we were teammates for. We just were a "team" constantly with each other, fighting beside each other, and often fighting with each other. Though the last one was always playful and just to sharpen each other.
I had no clue, none, that Koi and Ethan might have been joined to me, that we were "teamed" together. These were just some friends I thought I met online randomly.
The story of our RPG was a high school full of people with all kinds of supernatural abilities. Everything from witchcraft, to super powers, to being genius Mecha pilots. It was basically Hogwarts+.
I myself made this high school RPG. In real life, I loved action movies, “guy” movies, and heartwarming “buddy” flicks where guys had fun pranking on each other or saved the day while dropping witty one-liners. It seemed to me like male bonding was hella good stuff!
Even though I was female I’d always wanted to experience that kind of close nit friendship with a guy.
And that’s when roleplaying with Ethan and Koi came into the picture. It was like I had finally gotten my weirdest wish and was part of a guy team in an awesome action anime series!
Koi was the team leader. He and Ethan had magical abilities while my Adam was a martial artist and exorcist mech pilot. Later in life I would study real exorcism and demon hunting and learn that there was in fact a lot of demon summoning and exorcism techniques incorporated into certain martial arts styles, like Tai Chi.
I didn't know all of that though back then. I just thought Adam sounded cool. And together with Koi and Ethan they made a dynamic and entertaining buddy team. All three of us were good writers and creative. Each character was distinct. Ethan and Adam, in particular, were good comedy writers. And the trio spent as much time goofing on each other as they did being heroes. It was like the "Impractical Jokers" meets "Naruto".
I played with these guys from around 1999 to 2001. The internet was still fresh and new and we were teenagers exploring this giant virtual playground, without any real idea of what this thing called “the internet” was.
But explore it we did.
Unfortunately, I found out that all though the computer was a giant glowing portal, everything in there was not centered on "light."
There is a lot of hidden danger in this dimension.
I had to find this out the hard way…