We read fantasy, watch movies and TV shows in the genre, and play fantasy video games and they are great ways to escape reality. But what happens when you cannot escape the fantasy? You end up auditioning for American Idol wearing a Transformers costume.
American Idol shows people with such delusions it seems they have left the bounds of reality. It is a fantasy for many of them to think they can win. Many of them are just delusional.
Why would that contestant dress as a Transformer? The costume is awesome and he ought to share his inventiveness—but at American Idol? That would ruin your chances, even if you’re Michael Bublé. Your voice could not get you past the audition because the costume is a distraction from reality.
It seems sad, but it sparked a question in my mind: Is staying in the fantasy world delusional? It is if you can’t escape it. It is if you choose to remain in it. It is if you try to bring that fantasy into reality. Isn’t it?
When we are kids, the world is full of fantasy. The Tooth Fairy brings money. The Easter Bunny brings eggs and candy. Santa Claus brings toys. No deep explanation was required for these figures because fantasy was part of our world.
As we grow, the fantasy slips away. We may learn that the Fairy, the Bunny, and Santa are ideas, like rewarding us for bravely having a tooth pulled, celebrating new life in spring, and having a spirit of giving. But the fantasy is gone and as adults, we miss it sometimes.
Our adult world is devoid of fantasy and that’s why we must turn to the arts and make an effort to escape reality and give our starving imaginations some cake. And it’s great to get sucked into worlds like Hobbiton, Gotham City, and Diagon Alley. As we learn and read more about these worlds, there is something that should eventually click—at least with good art, we see our own world in these realms of fantasy.
Our real struggles are played out in these other planes of existence. Our trials and tribulations pay off and the good guys win. Reality does not always work that way. It makes us want to stay and live in fantasy where things go the way we want them. Reality bites, as they say, and the more we hold to fantasy, the fewer things go right in reality.