Originally posted by Itisnowagain
reply to post by Reflected
Are you looking for enlightenment?
What Reflected is saying is that you fear or distrust or somehow do not enjoy the consequences of reality so you opted to lose all sense of reality in exchange for an escape from the bad feelings.
But it's an illusion. You did not actually escape. Your calmness is a loan. What goes around comes around. Gravity and time and karma will eventually overwhelm you in your last days.
It's very common for people to lose their sense of reality because of perceived threats. It's kind of like how a deer stares into the headlights of an oncoming speeding car. I can imagine the deer being so afraid or perplexed that an invented reality occurs in the mind of the deer. Instead of running, it stays in place. The real dillemma is how hte individual responds to perceived threats.
You just need to learn how to cope with stress without turning to escapism.
We live in a world with a lot of dangers. Conflict was a selection pressure. People who responded well to conflict persevered. But there're still some bad genes lingering in our genetic pool.
Escapism may not be entirely rooted in genetics, but it probably has some connections. It might be that our newer brain, having given us an ability to imagine, backfires in some people. Instead of imagining fake realities to make this (shared) reality better, they use fake realities to escape.
edit on 14-9-2012 by jonnywhite because: (no reason given)