Escapism allows us to disconnect from our immediate reality. It comes in many forms but the kind I like best is literature. I am familiar with this form of escapism as I have used it most of my life – starting as a kid growing up with many boisterous, untamed brothers. That was a reality I needed to escape from!
Reading a book is a quiet place to be in your head. When your mind settles into a story you enter a different reality. Your immediate reality no longer matters. The heavy burdens of real life are momentarily lifted. Right now human beings all over the world need this sort of escape.
Often, when we come out of the story, our perception has changed. Resting in the fictional world has allowed us to regain our equilibrium, to muster strength and to feel a sense of hope. It is that sense of hope which is most important in the world at this time. The person who has hope has the will and determination that goals will be achieved…
During my teenage years, those tumultuous years of high emotion and rapid change, the escapism literature I turned to was the classic whodunit of authors such as Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Although I didn’t identify what attracted me to that particular genre at the time, it makes sense to me now. My personal world had been turned upside down due to significant biological changes. The world as I knew it was transforming because I was leaving childhood to enter the scary adult realm. Like many teenagers I needed to know that despite all this upheaval, everything would be all right in the end. That’s the underlying message of a good whodunit.
Although my reading choices have broadened as an adult, I continue to read (and need) the whodunit genre. I also indulge in other forms of escapism such as watching TV dramas, walking in nature or playing online quizzes. However, my number one choice is literature.
During the current gargantuan world upheaval, escapism is vital to our well being. Stories can provide that easily and conveniently. We can still access books even if we are quarantined or in isolation by downloading ebooks or audio books to an electronic device either from our local library or from an online store such as Amazon.
All the very best to everyone. JB 🙂