Philosophical Rambling: Escapism

Paul Andinach pandinac at
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.

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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