What many people fail to understand is that, in order to have a society based on self-rule, no one can EVER go against anyone else's free will - in fact, that's the only crime. While duels can be the final form of deciding conflicts, they are the only exception to that absolute law - as duels have to be decided upon and orchestrated by both parties and made to be as fair as possible.
Thus, no survival of the fittest. Ever. Period. This is why it's different from SAO - and yes, I've watched both seasons.
I'm more of a magitech person myself I don't think I could very well prosper in a world without ATLEAST "cyber" tech, with or without magic, but I also feel a great void without magic, if that makes sense.
And as per such, I'm a huge fan of Virtual Reality
Well, for me a personal rebellion is enough. The choice to walk my own way, heedless of the social norm. I make choices that I know are right, whether they're right for somebody else or not. It's not about anarchy, it's about walking the path you choose. And for me, that path is my own.
Technology and I have a bit of a strange relationship. . . I'm really back and forth about it, to be honest. I don't think I could live in an automated world, or even steampunk, for that matter.
Hah, dreaming is the only thing that keeps us sane. Dream on, I say. But don't forget to strive towards the picture in your head. If it stays an illusion then it loses it's meaning.