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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, Dec. 14, 2021

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

Mark Zuckerberg, as surely everybody knows by now, wants you to live in his metaverse. That’s why Facebook has changed its name to Meta. What has this got to do with anything? Well, that depends on whether you or those you love have (or may) become virtual reality junkies.

The line between personal experience and virtual entertainment is continuing to blur. Major virtual reality companies are now in the process of creating interconnected “realities” in which you and others can live and move and have your being through everything from virtual reality glasses to gloves with “haptic feedback” (transmitting sensations to your fingers which enable you to touch and feel things in virtual reality). The interconnected system of virtual reality is called the “metaverse”. Each participant is represented by an avatar, and participants can “do” things alone or even together through their avatars, such as playing games, listening to music, enjoying live events, exploring artificial representations of the real world together, conversing, or dialing up any number of immoral “virtual experiences”. ….

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