111. Escapism


Escapism is the mental diversion from the daily stresses and strains, using entertainments and recreations. It includes all the actions done by us to fight depression, loneliness and sadness.

Several industries have popped up, helping people relax and relieve their tension. The most important forms of entertainment as escapism are fiction, literature, music, sports, television, internet and video games.

Even normal daily activities like eating and sleeping become means of escapism when indulged in excess. Karl Marx wrote that Religion is the opium of the people. Even religion, drugs, drinks, pornography are various means of escapism.

Some people are of the opinion that the very idea of escapism is fundamentally and exclusively negative. Escapists are branded as unhappy people who are unable to connect with reality, meaningfully.

There are many safe and acceptable forms of escapism as entertainments. An entertainment is an event, a performance, an activity designed to give pleasure to the audience. The various popular entertainments are games, amusement parks, cartoons, comics, dances, drama, gambling, museums, music, magic shows, night life, pets, tourism, toys and variety entertainment.

It is amazing how much of our time is spent in pursuit of entertainment and escapism. Some people seem to have all the free time in the world and they are determined to spend it watching “the idiot box” dawn to dusk! Eventually they themselves become “couch potatoes”.

Remember the golden rule; anything in excess is not good for you.

Visalakshi Ramani

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