In order to live in this society, you have to fit the mold. You cannot have a reasonably decent life unless you do. If you don't agree with it, you'll either die or leave for somewhere else. It's easier and more efficient to create temporary reprieves from our lives than to restructure the entirety of our society. Different people enjoy different things. Some people honestly prefer to work all the time, and this sets the pace for everyone else to meet the same amount of production.
Whydo you saythere is a difference between escapism and art?
I think maybe there's a part of me that just can't go along with what you're saying there. I have to fit the mold? Why should I have to? There's no room for change of any kind? This is how everything has always been, and this is how it always will be? I honestly don't think that's the answer. And the easier and efficient thing, that to me just sounds like laziness. 'Sure I don't like things, so I'll just get by. What can I do?' You can do everything! The human mind is so powerful, that the true depths of it's power have barely even been reached yet! I think it's this idea of being unable to change things that holds us back. If the vast majority of the nation is against the health care plan, and they all stood up to voice their concerns about it, then noone would be able to hold them back.(This is NOT me taking a stance on the health care issue. I was simply using it as an example. Let's not turn this into a discussion about it)
I hope that I didn't seem like I was trying to put down people that work all the time, or trying to make the enjoyment that some people find in their work illegitimate. If you enjoy what you do, then by all means, do it. What I have a problem with is the the idea of needing to 'escape from reality', which I find to be something that, done to much, can be a little too unhealthy. By far, I think your most interesting statement was your last. It surprised me, which was fun. My point to begin with was that by treating movies, or music, or video games as escapes from reality, then you simply only see them as just that, and not as things meant to affect and change the way we view our realities. Shows like, well, CSI, are like that. It's meant to be an escape, and nothing more.(I hope your not a huge CSI fan...)
But doesn't creating art take a certain amount of escaping from reality? And hand-in-hand, doesn't experiencing the best art require you to leave your own reality, if only for a moment? I think back to a recent experience I had with one of my favorite games, Half-Life 2. I was able to, during this replay, to truly become a part of the environment that I was interacting with, and with that, to understand something more about the world I was in, and the people in it. A positive experience, but one that came from me leaving the reality that I live in for a moment.(It's for moments like these that I continue to play video games. See? I tied this into the topic! Yeah, I'm good!)
I think my problem with escapism is that people don't often use it in that way. They simply use it to turn away from the dissatisfaction they have with the reality around them. And that, to me, seems like a problem.
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