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An Outlook On Escapism
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The best definition I can create for escapism is any attempt at creating a fictional world in order to leave the real one behind. Let's face it, everyone wants to get away from it all every once and awhile. Different ways to escape are all around us too. Movies, books, video games, board games, even simple day dreams, all provide the illusion that one is in a different world, living a different life.

Some pursue escapism more than others, and the more they pursue it, the deeper they fall into it. For example, take the stereotypical high school nerd. They probably play lots of video games and read lots of books deemed "weird" by society. But why did they ever start this exploration for an alternate reality? Every attempt I have made at escaping real life has come after a time of stress and madness. So lets say our hypothetical nerd had a rough childhood, it is fairly easy to assume that they would pick an alternate reality over their current one. That's why games like World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, books like Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings, and so many movies are so popular. They create a world filled with adventure, good versus evil, action, all without the consequences of real life. That is why after a long day work or school, so many people want to forget about everything and live the life of the hero they see online, in the book, or on the screen. Even though its temporary, this break from reality is one of the most relaxing things in the world.

Personally, I have been involved with many different forms of escapism. I have read the entire Harry Potter series twice, LOTR once, and I play video games regularly. But nothing has sastisfied my desire for a different life quite like Runescape. This magical world provided me quite alot of relief during my early teenage years. If I ever had a rough day, there was always the thought of great adventures to be had with my friends, or the anticipation of making money by selling or making different in game items. I can honestly say it gave me the most stressfree period of my life. Finally I gave it up for good, as life as a high school student set in. As a senior now, I'm almost always busy, school and sports during the week, and partying with friends on the weekend. The satisfaction of completing a difficult quest has been replaced with the much less fulfilling satisfaction of passing out on a friends couch. I wish for the past more and more each day.

So as you carry out your everyday life, maybe just give escapism a try. Break away from reality, even if just for a few minutes. Let yourself be creative as possible, and most important, do not care what others think.


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I think your article is more philosophical, than other's. I have no idea what are they doing there. Maybe it's all about vanity. I think I should write something too...

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  about 5 years ago

Thank you very much, I wrote it after I read a book on the subject. Just wanted to share some thoughts that go through a high schooler's head.

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  about 5 years ago
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