Is Escapism Necessary?
Is Escapism Necessary?
I’ve seen many people over the years give a big fat “pass” to the concept of escapism.
By doing lazy, stupid, or entertaining things – escaping from reality into another realm of fantasy or enjoyment – is a necessary part of human life.
Why is escapism so justified?
To us, it appears that many, if not most people who have a semi-forbidden pleasure that might be construed as non-productive or just for simple enjoyment use that blanket statement that it’s “just” escapism.
But there are different ways to escape
Most of what I read or witness when it comes to escapism today, at least – are those of a commercial nature.
TV shows, movies, genres (i.e., Cosplay), sports, Fidget Spinners, gambling, and politics. Heck, even “healthy” endeavors such as crossfit, 5K’s, pet adoptions, environmental work, and more – all benefit someone else.
All those “escapes” are just psychological programs to turn your time and energy into money for someone else. You might resort to calling it necessary “escapism,” we just say “suckers.”
Escapism before the technological revolution still existed. But it was primarily INDIVIDUAL. And usually without a benefactor.
Mental fantasy, in most cases. Or other personal tasks or hobbies. Cooking. Art. Music. I think you can see the picture I’m trying to paint.
Escapism has changed from a solo act – to a hive mind production. Without a doubt. (Note: other forms of escapism exist as well, such as chemical addictions like drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes… but that is a slightly different story.)
Conclusion: Your own unique version of escapism is probably best
While we do concur that having a mental outlet that is free and unrestricted is probably a human survival mechanism, we don’t feel fuzzy about the fact that most “escape routes” from reality (today) – are for the financial benefit of others (including drugs and alcohol.)
And they even control you and coerce you to do things you probably wouldn’t have dreamt up on your own. (See the earlier post about big data to get an idea. Not cool.)
So I think it’s best to do an HONEST personal self-audit – and identify what you do in your 168 hours per week.
- How much time do you work?
- How much time do you spend updating your timeline and taking selfies?
- What is the number of choices you made that week based on what you saw on social media?
- TV or movie watching hours a week?
- How much time was expended involving anything that is part of a commercial entity or money-making operation?
- Can you see if you’re part of a bigger network of “things?”
- What do you talk about with your friends or acquaintances? Can you go one day talking without mentioning social media?
Once you do that self-audit (if you still have the capacity to not lie to yourself), you might be surprised.
Your “escapism” justifications should probably sound outrageously stupid.
But then again, you probably “don’t have time,” as a lot of you also resort to saying when challenged as to why “you didn’t do” this or that.
Honesty with one’s self – especially when faced with devilish dilemmas like I pointed out above – is not always easy. It’s one of those red pill moments.