KallfuNahuel Matador guarding the Darfur site in Second Life... Kall's real life owner, helping with humanitarian relief in Africa
If you found your consciousness raised in a virtual world, how far would you go, to do something about it? As a possible point of reference, here is the story of a virtual superhero, who brought his ideals with him when he logged off from his computer, and applied them on the other side of the world. Back in 2006, I wrote about KallfuNahuel Matador, a leading member of the Green Lantern Core, a guild of roleplaying superheroes who once found themselves protecting Better World, a genocide awareness site in Second Life, against the griefers who would destroy it.
Back then, I essentially asked Mr. Matador how it felt to devote so much effort protecting a virtual information site to an African tragedy, when so much real pain was still happening in the real continent.
"I can only do so much in real life," he told me then, "and I suppose only so much in SL as well. But I think every little bit counts."
As it turns out, he had more than a little bit to offer, because awhile ago, the man behind KallfuNahuel Matador shared with me the photo above right -- in it, he is lifting heavy relief supplies from a truck in Africa, outside a community center in Swaziland. (He's obscured his facial features because he'd like to keep his real world identity secret, for reasons that are interesting, though that's all I can say.) He was there as a direct result of the people he met in Second Life, through his Green Lantern avatar.