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Defining Escapism (Also, Philosocom's Directory For Escapist-Related Content)

Updated: Jun 22

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I would define escapism as a way of dealing with a problem by not dealing with it. Sometimes we are too immature to deal with a problem, so we escape, and other times we are too weak to deal with it, so we withdraw from it. Escapism can be a legitimate source of coping when the problem is more powerful than us. In this case, escapism is justified because why would one fight a battle they are going to lose anyways? It would be a waste of time and resources to fight a battle with the knowledge that one is going to be defeated regardless of what they do.

However, escapism is not legitimate when the problem is serious and when we can indeed handle it with the power we currently possess. In this case, the battle could be won, and thus the battle is worth fighting to be victorious over the problem. Why would one escape a battle one has reasonable chances of winning it?

By escaping from escapism, we refuse to escape. This means that we can escape from escapism by refusing to escape. Instead, we should handle the problem at hand that needs to be dealt with and that is degrading the quality of our well-being. Such problems that can be dealt with and have a reasonable negative effect over our lives are not worth staying with for long. Even if there is fear, the fear needs to be surpassed, because the fear could be a minion of the problem.

We should make sure to confront problems when we should, and escape when we should. The easier the problem, the more we should deal with it. The harder the problem is, until the point of significant adversity, we should escape from it, gain the power required to deal with it, and confront it afterwards. This is about the problems that can be dealt with. Problems that are beyond our control and influence, regardless of their proportions, should be overlooked, because something that is uncontrollable and uninfluenced is invincible in comparison to us. We should use our escapism for recharging, and determination for victory.

In a nutshell, we should not fight battles that are lost before we begin, and we should not skip a battle that is or can be to our favor with the available power and resources we currently possess, especially when the potential losses are minor.

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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