Thrasymachus wrote:Escapism is when you deny social realities, to engage in fantasies, to avoid doing anything about actually existing social conditions. Under such a dynamic, problems tend to be ignored and only grow in scope, under this neglect. Thus all religions, including Buddhism are escapism, because they encourage people to engage in more consumption of personal packets of religion as panacea and avoid actually transforming their social environment.
Escapism is the biggest problem of modern society in my view. Without the massive escapism, people would have to attempt to do something socially, but today you cannot even create a social movement, unlike in the past, due to the much increased power and omnipresence of escapism thanks to the increased means of technological transmission, etc. In the past it was much more difficult for elites to get everyone else to believe and think the same, today we have massively centralized schooling and media to make it easier for them.
Thrasymachus wrote: people don't use their creativity or exercise procuring what they need, they have lots of extra surplus energy and creativity to waste in an amount of escapism that exceeds the actual amount of time they work in wage labor. If they actually challenged themselves day to day and creatively engaged their environment and life's needs, they would need much less engagement with escapism.
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