Escapism has a negative connotation in our society. It is defined as an “escape” from the perceived unpleasant or banal aspects of daily life. My definition of Escapism differs. I feel that with certain books, movies, and activities, for a set period of time, I can completely immerse myself in a medium that can expand my mind and stimulate my imagination. And in the time that I am not doing these activities, I am more able to be truly be in the moment and enjoy the daily activities of life. I don’t think that one need have anything to escape from to enjoy the feeling of escapism, the feeling of being happily alone with your thoughts in an absorbing activity. The point of this blog is for me to document the many things that I categorize as my form of “escapism”.
I’ll leave you with a quote from one of the kings of alternate realities, J.R. Tolkien:
“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
Thanks for reading,