Where do you go to get away from it all?
Submitted by Hops.
Get away from it all? Everything? Well, that would involve complete oblivion – sleep, or maybe something darker.
Now, if today's question is edging towards escapism – a state of mind wholly desireable, totally unrealistic and one proven to be unhealthy (like any vacation, departure is a pleasure, but the return trip is a grim pain, with more rocky landings then I care to recount) – well, if I can't be here:
And if I can't see this:
I would most certainly escape into history.
History is a comfort. You are reading and learning about people that died away centuries ago. And yet, in the hearts of the readers and the minds of the teachers, they live on.
History is sights, smells, textures and events that you can only imagine. And there's the escape: your mind. History's facts are caught fast in your imagination, like flies in amber.
Peering through the eyes of people shimmering through history's fabric, shouldering their feelings, placing your feet in the mud of their battlefields, in the dust of their unpaved roads…you're experiencing something that is a chronological impossibility. And there's the rub. And that's the escape.