4 Answers

  1. Escaping from reality is called escapism.

    Escapism is an individualistic and conciliatory desire of the individual to escape from reality into the world of illusions and fantasies.The desire to escape from reality can arise in the form of a response to constant and severe stress caused by psychological trauma, stressful work, unsafe living environment or unsafe environment, inability to create relationships adequate to the imaginary qualification with the surrounding subjects of representation.

    Happiness is a human condition that corresponds to the greatest inner satisfaction with the conditions of one's existence, the fullness and meaningfulness of life, and the fulfillment of one's human purpose.

    Thus, for some, escaping from reality can indeed become happiness, but not necessarily. Escape from reality is happiness, but happiness is not an escape from reality.

  2. .. The question was also addressed to me nine days ago, but the reality (everyday and working) did not allow me to escape from them into a happy abstract reasoning “on a given topic”… But now it's done – I'm running away from reality! Catching up with happiness? Or happy to escape?�

    1. The irony is intended, but not contrived. If we proceed from a positive understanding of happiness (and in the background of the question this is exactly so) – 1. happiness is, i.e. it is necessary for a person (at least as an ideal horizon of life); 2. happiness is, i.e. it consists in something that is present or can be present (everyone will substitute their own definition-the filling of the concept of “happiness”) – then escape from reality (no matter Flight as refusal, negation, is at the same time deprivation – the deprivation of oneself of that from which one is fleeing, that is, flight negatively. Thus, running away from reality does not guarantee happiness, not because it is an “escape”, but because it is an “escape from”.

    2. Therefore, to continue the meaningful search for happiness (if this positive understanding of it is accepted; after all, the option expressed in the classical stanzas “there is no happiness in the world, but there is peace and will”) is also possible, another coordinate is needed, alternative to reality, ” from… “which the seeker of happiness refuses/repels. The coordinate ” k…”, which already sets the vector / direction and, perhaps, no longer escapes, but aspirations. To what end? To a new, different, supposed better reality? It is not a fact that it will not eventually turn out to be a modification of the same, or even worse, reality.�

    3. Wherever you throw – everywhere a wedge?! Yes, if you do not understand that the so-called “reality” is not a self-evident given (“what is objective, what really is”), but one of the modes (ways of being given to a person) of the world, defined both from the side of the world itself (its objective content), and from the side of a person who somehow positions himself in this world (subjective positing of the world as such, 1. in which as your own).

    4. Let's use the language hint. Not only in everyday language, but also in professional language, the concepts of “reality” and “reality” are usually used synonymously. However, the words are different , which means that even when they talk about the same thing, they talk about it differently, i.e., they ultimately say different things. “Reality” (from Latin res – thing, event) – understanding of the world as such, in which everything (or something) has already happened in an irreversible way, established in its essence. In such a world, one can live only according to the logic of already happened, established things (events), only accepting and obeying such logic. Such a world can only be countered either by avoiding it (escapism) or by breaking it (revolutionism) and replacing it with a new and, most likely, equally tangible real structure (a variant known in history and metaphorically expressed as “the revolution devours its children”).

    5. The concept of ” reality “(in the English version – relevance) quite obviously refers to action, action, movement. “Reality” – understanding of the world as such, in which not only everything (something)is present still happening, detected, but not yet installed or completed. Moreover, the world as reality presupposes, and sometimes requires, your participation in this accomplishment; reality is open. In “reality” there is no place for you, your free creative act, in principle. In “reality” this place also does not exist initially, but you can (must) create it by your own effort of thought, will, feeling, and action. And this finding of self is in reality a liberation from reality, but not an escape from it; accepting it as a certain condition of life (a person is born “into reality”), but not closing himself in the framework and limitations of this condition, but accepting it as the material of his own life-creation (a person becomes a person “in reality”). And in this movement it is possible (but not guaranteed) happiness.

    Shall we run?” Or do we come to our senses (oh, how precise� language is!) and set ourselves in motion?!

    Thank you for your question! Sorry for the “many bugs”:)))

  3. If we answer from the Buddhist point of view, then we need to clarify the concept of Dukha (suffering). According to the First noble Truth, dukha is a kind of manifestation of life itself, that is, if you live, you suffer. Just like in that joke: If you are over forty, you wake up in the morning and nothing hurts, then this means that you are dead 🙂 Suffering is not necessarily acute physical pain. InDhammachakkapavattanaIn the Sutta, the Buddha defines suffering as follows:�

    ...and birth is suffering, and old age is suffering, and death is suffering,

    and sorrow, lamentation, pain, despondency, despair-suffering.

    With the unloved connection – suffering, with the beloved separation-suffering,

    and not getting what you want is suffering…

    Actually, the Buddha Gotama himself was just looking for how to get rid of suffering himself and save others from it. And the Buddha's Dhamma (teaching) is the way to get rid of suffering.�

    And other people also want to get rid of suffering. But only if the Buddha suggested doing this by trying to see things as they are, getting rid of passions and attachments, while arriving at maximum awareness, then ordinary people instead just run away from suffering, usually hiding in pleasures, passions, etc.�

    And here may be the answer to your question: what people usually call happiness is usually some kind of pleasure, excess, attachment, etc. that people construct to escape from the daily dukha, refusing to see and accept things as they are. And an ordinary, “happy” person will try to avoid “thinking about bad things”, while a Buddhist will practice maranasati meditation (meditation on one's own death), etc.

    That is, happiness is not just an escape from reality. For example, when a meditator reaches the first Jhana (state of supreme meditative concentration), he experiences joy and delight. But, most often, this is exactly the case, unfortunately.

  4. Our happiness is a feeling of joy and spiritual comfort at this very moment in time – understanding ourselves in the surrounding reality and finding positive things in it.

    Escape from reality is either dreams about the future or regrets about the past – what kind of happiness is there)))

    And most importantly, the feeling of happiness depends on 90% of our perception of reality (this is inside everyone) and only 10% of this very reality.

    Roughly – in the same objective situation, one will be deeply unhappy, the other immensely happy))))

Leave a Reply