While young children grow up they have the chance to determine their fate very little, much of our lives are mapped out through things such as DNA, maternity, and string theory. If you aren’t familiar with the string theory, the basic principle is that fate has predetermined a series of events to unfold, much like a string ‘or a time line’ that is our very lives.
Escapism : What we can’t change.
From birth a young infant is embedded with it’s parents genetic code. From there things begin to grow, learning how to speak, how to walk, and more. From it’s parents example an infant begins to take on the characteristics of it’s maternal parents. As time goes on the child may find themselves rebellious in nature, and this will likely result in punishment for ‘bad behavior’
Escapism : The parental instinct.
Principles, rules, and morals, are learned from the parenting provided. Some times this parenting, or even the events in ones life may lead them to seek escape. This is where escapism begins, and for some the type of escape they may seek is video games, for others it may in fact be their own imaginations, and still others may find solace in fictional writing. Though these fictions are often based on their own experiences, they allow such a person to experience them in a whole new light.
Escapism : Brought on by illness.
A child seeking escape from a detrimental disease may in fact create a world in which the disease is his enemy and his army wages war with it. Through perils the child may go without the slightest inclination of what is really going on. This form of escapism could be seen as a form of imaginary escapism, where the child exits this uncaring world to create a much more favorable one in which to live.
Escapism : Different escapes for different people.
Another child under the same circumstances may become entangled in video games, where he has much more control over everything. While doctors may do their best to treat an illness the patient has little to do with this process and can become filled with chaotic feelings. A lack of control could be assumed at the very root of such an escapism tactic.
While the more creative of us may come up with elaborate comparisons to real life and write whole fictional pieces of high caliber, it’s incredibly interesting to look upon these peoples actual lives. Upon closer inspection of these type of writers you may find great hardship in one form or another ‘Edgar Allan Poe’ could be a prime example a manic depressant, who wrote such incredible poems, yet they where really deep seated in his own desire.
A passion for fictional writing could be seen to be a form of escapism in itself, though not everyone writes to escape. Some people write things as they are. those endowed with such an interesting life that they could call upon memories as stories and without even the slightest bit of exaggeration. These people tend to write more technical documents, and stories based upon personal experience, or research.
Escapism : Closing statements.
Escapism isn’t all bad however, often time those who seek to escape their lives have good reason for it, and taking flight gives them piece of mind, clarity of thought, and a new look on life. Unfortunately people don’t always return from their escape, occasionally they become what some would call crazy, ending up in mental institutions.
The best hope for a person seeking escape, is to let them have their escape, but keep watch on them. Letting them become too involved in their fictional reality could mean the end for them, though this is relatively rare. I write this from personal experience, when life was just too much for me as a child my escape was video games, but it comes in all forms.