I think a lot of escapism is related to our physical body. The more I think about ideas of reification and clinging/aversion leading to samsara, the more it doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense to me... maybe that means I am close to escaping samsara and the need for esacapism!
Let's take sex, for example. I like sex while at the same time find it rather boring. It seems to be a craving based purely on my physical body and when I was younger and had more hormones racing through my body, I was much more interested in sex. No body would mean even less hormones... so, do you think I would really have the biological urge to procreate if I was a preta, for example? Pretas seem to be primarily preoccupied with food and drink, for some reason, although I'm not sure why because they are ghosts. How much sustenance is required for such a ghost body? Sex releases endorphins or something and my energy feels better. This is all evolutionary biology at work, the system of my body. When I die and leave this body behind, I will not be attached to such biological things. I pretty much don't look at women any more and think "ooooh yeah, I gotta have me some of that" and I am actually still attached physically to this body. No, my primary preoccupation with sex is that I get the idea in my head that I will feel better after sex and that
is what prompts me to make a move on my wife.
Another example is intoxication. I used to get drunk all the time and that was truly and simply escapism. And it was produced by the fact that of dissatisfaction in the world. Nice to just turn the old brain off and forget I'm here.
I just can't imagine being free of the body, realizing I've finally left all this crap behind, and then as some sort of discorporated consciousness thinking "I want to eat and drink and have sex! OH NO! Now I am quickly hurdling toward a copulating couple and will be reborn! Dang it!"
"Use what seems like poison as medicine. We can use our personal suffering as the path to compassion for all beings." Pema Chodron