There are some words that have bad connotations bestowed upon them. We’d argue some are deserved, like the evils of “murder”, “adultery”, “saturated fat”, or “LA Clippers.” (I had to take a cheap shot at SOMEONE, and it’s unlikely that either Clippers fan will ever read my blog…)
Escapism, however, often gets a bad rap, and I don’t think it’s deserved. While there are definite forms of destructive escapism, that’s true of almost any virtuous thing. Avoiding population overcrowding is a great idea — genocide to accomplish that is not.
What is escapism you ask? Well, it’s any form of subversion from reality. It could be reading SciFi/Fantasy books. It could be using illicit drugs. It could be daydreaming. The idea is that it gets you mentally and/or physically away from your present situation.
I have a high stress job. I like to escape into many different worlds as a little vacation. *This* is one of those worlds. I explore my thoughts and the thoughts of others in the blog world. I also read a lot. I tend to read Fantasy, but more recently I’ve been drawn to hardcore Science Fiction. Is it wrong to escape from the drudgery of reality? Since cocaine and Asimov are both vehicles to escapism, does the former make the latter wrong by association?
I urge you to escape once and a while. Stepping out of the daily grind for a bit offers perspective that you just can’t get while in the thick. Read a book. Watch some TV. Play some Warcraft. Comment on my blog (or others, that was a shameless plug). Write something.