quoting post So I've been delving lately into the massive rabbit-hole that is Encyclopedia Dramatica (...
Are people really, REALLY that insane? Seriously?
Vampire people, furries, full quiver christians... PEDOBEAR??
I must wonder... what secrets do the people all around us, people we think we know, hide?
Real Life for most people is usually boring, depressing or frustrating which is why games have become a larger money generator than movies. Gamers such as myself will play games to provide intellectual challenge while escaping the average boring life. Sure I have a great loving wife, a dream career, sweet home, good health & shape, enjoy racquetball, fishing vacations.... RPG and TBS games provide an intellectual challenge which is amazing.
Anyways other people choose these crazy lifestyles... because they want to be different, or seek attention, or searching for purpose, or climbing a pedastal to look down on others. A few actually cross the crazy barrier when they believe they've become a vampire or they've become a god... etc., etc., . I knew one lady where she and her husband were financially secure for life.... but she returned to working because they didn't know how to spend their time! Seriously if I was financially secure for life and lived to be 250 years old I could easily keep myself busy with learning, traveling, growing my family, inventing, and still play a few PC games.
You know that makes a lot of sense. If I'm not doing something work-related or playing a game, I spend my time outside exploring and generally being danger-prone and reckless (see: stupid).
I suppose others have their own ways of coping with the relative monotony of life. When a hobby becomes an obsession, when the line between reality and fantasy becomes blurred, it makes sense that some would engage in behavior otherwise seen as an oddity.
There are certain seedier elements I've been reading up on, the apparent rampant pedophelia for example, that do not seem reasonable. This is also coming from a historian who has seen the relative state of medieval and earlier marriages, wherein the age of 18 was seen as old, if unmarried.
That and some of the pornography that seems necessary. Must it really be a rule of the internet that if it exists there must be porn of it? Why? For whom is this fulfilling? Why? I'm not even saying this in the sense of looking down upon it, I am seriously curious as to how such a thing could be.