Or at least she was … until today.
Today, I came home from work and found her sobbing in her Mom’s arms.
Here’s the story in a nutshell …
A while back, I lamented the fact that I was personally a little dim on the whole meaning of life thing. I expressed concern as to why we’re here, and I got many helpful responses, several espousing the belief that we are here to be happy and to make other people happy.
I think that answer comes close to the heart of the matter, but today offered a troubling alternative.
Apparently not ALL of us are here to be happy and to spread our happiness. Apparently a certain group of us are here to be jerks and to make each other miserable.
Today, some anonymous internet jerk hacked my daughter’s Neopets account and did irreparable damage to her … well, I don’t know what you call it … I guess you’d call it her page.
I’m a little fuzzy on the details, but bottom line, they screwed it up and she is devastated.
When my child is devastated, I get sort of bent out of shape too. But before I got mad, I needed to know more about why she was so upset.
Since I don’t really fully comprehend what Neopets is, I sought answers from the most reliable source I know … yes, I’m talking about Wikipedia.
Here’s what I found out.
Neopets is a website dedicated to the creation of virtual pets that inhabit the virtual world of Neopia. Visitors can create an account and take care of up to four virtual pets, buying them food, toys, clothes, and other accessories using the virtual currency called Neopoints, and Neocash.
Okay ….. so, anyway, my daughter is (was) addicted to Neopets and while I’m still not sure I fully understand the appeal, I do comprehend the fact that daughter is distraught over the loss of months of dedicated effort to create and care for her virtual pets.
What kind of jackass takes pleasure in ruining someone’s virtual world. A place where there’s no money involved and there’s no opportunity for material gain.
I just don’t get it. Do you??