(by chris the cynic)
Short version: escapism. General thoughts, your preferred means of escape, things that work versus things that don’t, and anything else you might care to share that is remotely related to the topic.
Historically escapism and escapist works and tendencies have been viewed negatively. The thing being escaped is, after all, the circumstances of ones “normal” life. (Quotes around “normal” because sometimes those circumstances are extraordinary.)
Sometimes, however, people need to escape. When the “normal” can’t be coped with every second of every day because it’s too stressful, too depressing, too overwhelming, too dangerous, too hopeless, too banal or jejune, too tedious, or too whatever periods of escape can allow one to inject enough not-bad into their life to be able to deal with the rest of their lives.
Also, certain forms of escapism take the name to it’s logical conclusion and involve getting out of here (here being defined as where you actually are) and going over there, and thus amount to mental exploration or tourism.
Do you escape? How do you escape? Do you have thoughts on the location of the line between healthy and overboard? Are there any forms that resonate with you, or any that you fundamentally fail to get?
Also, for any who don’t know, we have a space set aside for political discussion. This is due to the current election cycle in the US being one particularly filled with things that some people need to get away from, and thus would not like in open threads. That’s a perpetual political thread, and won’t be closed or replaced unless it gets overly full.
[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]