Is it unhealthy?
If it prevents and/or hinders progress, I would say yes. Escapism is at its worst when people start living in circles, taking up things like drinking and over-socialization to help soothe the symptoms of a deep issue rather than confronting it head on. People who work dead end jobs to pay for things they don’t need tend to follow this pattern.
You’ll never survive without hate. The misconception nowadays – Love means hate and love together. Aaaand it’s finished.
love does not mean hate. and you can easily survive without hate. Just like the monks who dedicate their life to peace, you can dedicate yourself to a life without hate.
Auston, there’s a reason why the monks are not among wild animals who eat human flesh. :)
Escapism is natural. You “escape” reality every time you watch television, drive a car and forget the last mile you drove..or day dream.
@Peter Nothing is more natural than tv and cars haha
Hahah true.. maybe natural in our technological society. I think one should practice more of recognizing every time they do escape…I can definitely see the benefits in that.
I think escapism can be healthy if it isn’t overused. For example, it can good to ‘escape’ into a book when you feel overwhelmed as long as you don’t use it as a substitute for dealing with real life. Escapism can come very naturally for some people as a part of who they are (e.g. Introverts) and therefore it’s healthy in cases like that.
@unstoppableobject, If you do it too much it results in trouble in real life, but there are people who make a living out of escapism, like artists for example, they escape life to find creativity inside. If you escape life once in a while I think it’s actually healthy because you don’t get caught up in the daily routine, the daily motion, and you can start your engine all fresh again. It’s like going on a vacation to recharge your battery. If you do it once in a while it has its benefits.
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