A couple of weeks ago Torontonians, and much of the world was broken hearted by the death of Olivia Wise. Olivia was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2011 and recently lost her battle to cancer because of an inoperable brain tumor. I want to dedicate my blog post today to her and her courage. Olivia’s fight, continued charisma, and joy of life quickly became an inspiration to me and will never be forgotten. She helped to show me the fragility of life and the importance of living life to the fullest and as a tribute to her memory I say “Carpe Diem”.
The relevance of Olivia Wise’s story lies in that in such a short time, this 16 year old girl was able to create and establish and important legacy for herself. While she was in and out of consciousness Olivia’s family decided to preserve her angelic voice by having her record a rendition of Katy Perry’s hit song “Roar”. This video brings shivers to the soul for you can feel the purity and kindness of Olivia Wise.
Olivia’s video almost instantly became viral, and not only that she was able to reach Katy Perry herself who posted a kind response but she also gained the attention of many international news stations, thus bringing her story to a global scale.
Olivia Wise was able to truly show the power of technology and the influence of the Global Village. Her now established legacy is meant to help find a cure for brain cancer, in attempt to help others.
This aspect of the global village can be directly compared to Second Life. Humans, all around the world are able to log in with their avatars and truly bring to the attention of others their thoughts, feelings, music, and etcetera. The scale of togetherness that the world is currently sitting on is astonishing and I can guarantee that this technological ideal will spark huge advancements in the world. Humans from other countries are no longer separated and can finally begin to learn from one another no matter where they are in the world.
I have truly been able to contemplate, learn, and gain from my time in Second Life and it has opened my eyes to so many new possibilities and already established world advancements. To Second Life and technology, I say “thank you”.
– Rest In Peace Olivia Wise-