Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues. We read for the pleasure of thinking another person’s thoughts. ~Sam Harris
Reading a good book, watching movies or t.v. shows, or playing video games are guilty pleasures that I hate to love. I love to escape into a different realm from time to time. It may only feel like I’ve been zoned out for a few minutes but in actuality, hours pass by and it is time to come back to the real world.
Reality is very hard to be a part of at times. Just turn on the news or scan a few social media headlines. There are tons of reports of inhumanity, war, violence, or hatred that makes me want to disconnect from the rest of the population for a while.
Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy good news and memes that come across my screen. It’s the harsh negative media that has me turning off my electronics or throwing the newspaper away.
Since I rather think positively and feel happy, I dive into stories found in books, movies, and video games.
Yes, there are tons of sadness, violence, and hatred also.
The difference: I can control the level of exposure and there is usually a somewhat happy ending to them. Not all I read or watch is a fairy tale so there isn’t always “happily ever after.” There is “contently ever after.”
Good and humanity wins. The girl gets her guy. Werewolves live amongst us without being caught in their wolf form. (Can’t wait until next season of Bitten).
Either way…I am a person of many backgrounds with many beliefs and an empathetic heart for humankind. I can only do my part to help change the world. I am but only one person.
So, the days that I am not able to help. I escape. I jump into other worlds found in books, movies, or games. This is my guilty pleasure that I love.
I Hate to Love it because time doesn’t escape with you.