Philosophical Rambling: Escapism

Paul Andinach pandinac at tartarus.uwa.edu.au
Mon Jul 17 11:44:25 EDT 2000


On Mon, 17 Jul 2000, Britta Koch wrote:

> Aftwerwards, I was musing why she was taking so many drugs. Well,
> she was getting old and probably afraid of that, but it made me
> think why so many other people are taking drugs. "Why, to escape
> from reality, so that they won't have to face their lives", I
> thought, feeling quite self-righteous about not doing any drugs, not
> even alcohol, and so bravely facing reality. But then it hit me:
> what is reading but escaping? Reading, especially fantasy is just
> another way to escape, it's just healthier and free of any (bodily)
> side-effects, and you really can escape from your own life - even if
> you have to face other people's problems.

Wasn't it CS Lewis who said science fiction was the one thing that
could truly be described as a mind-expanding drug?


> So,as an afterthought (and forgive my nosy questions ;): do any of
> you smoke? Or regularly take part in alcoholic excesses? Or did you
> at any point in your life, and did you read much?

No smoke. No drink (alcohol tastes terrible). No drink much caffeine
either, come to think of it.

Paul
-- 
"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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