Escapism is running away from the realities that are presented to you. Often it is described as the avoidance of horrific or banal elements of life. Escapism is seen as a way to free the mind. We all need to take a break. We all partake in such activity when we listen to music, read a book, or watch a movie.
Life without any form of escapism is much too harsh. The employment of fantasy allows us to get in touch with another side of ourselves. As sentient creatures, exploration of our inner selves is vital to our life. It is more than just living in a fantasy, it is the realisation of who we are.
The problem with this type of avoidance is when we get fixated on the fantasies we like. As much as some of us would not like to admit, there is no substitute for reality. That is the reality of human existence.
They provide a distraction that can’t be all too healthy for productive minds. Sure the mind is actively working, but it isn’t present in any real situation. It is easy to take control of a fantasy; you have control over every single element. In reality, you only have control over your own actions.
Control over your own actions is a huge amount of responsibility. Often, it is a responsibility that is taken for granted. The ability to choose is a great one. Our actions are bigger than we think. They affect ourselves and the wider world. Yet somehow, it is not uncommon to feel powerless, to drift away in to another world where we feel powerful.
How do we avoid this avoidance? What does it take to reach back into reality and appreciate it for its goodness and badness? Life isn’t perfect; it shouldn’t be, but we aren’t either. Even in the worst times, there are things to be grateful for. Appreciating your reality is not the acceptance of things you want to change. It is the acceptance of the things you can change.
When life is steered into one direction, always know that you can change course at any time. You can make the difference you want to see. The truth is that life isn’t easy, nothing ever really is. Everything is hard work, but only you can make it bearable and fruitful. Labour isn’t truly laborious if you focus on your end goal.
During the Great Depression, entertainment formed the basis of escapist culture. Music, film and the arts allowed the average person to life a life outside of the grimness of the era. Life is nothing but a fantasy made real. There is nothing wrong with dreaming. That’s hope. It is a strong abstract thing that can help us create tangible results.
The sole purpose of escapism is to help you create a bridge from the ideal to the real. We can only hope for the future tomorrow: we make plans that are hopeful for the things we want. However, we live in the present — and in the present, we make efforts to achieve the fantasy of tomorrow.