"to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again."
- Ellen Bass (via thegreatfiresoflove)

(via fuckyeahexistentialism)

live-was-i asked:

What aspects of American life do u consider "escapism", how does avoiding these lead to a more full filing or cognitive life?

my ultimate reality Answer:

liberatingreality:

Methods of escapism propagated in American culture entail the compulsory use of television, video games, movies, music, etc, essentially any convenient method to distract oneself and avoid certain essential risks that actually growing as an individual may entail.

This behavior to overindulge in entertainment is a product of the fear based conditioning that we’re subjected to,  which renders most people little more than passive observers, and these various outlets for escapism are the perfect drug to temporarily subdue the pain of submission, ironically sustaining it.

Escapism is an unproductive response to experiencing pain and anxiety, whereas a productive response would be to utilize the pain and fear of prolonged suffering to transcend the circumstances rather than seek distractions.  It makes a lifestyle of stagnancy and complacency, forsaking precious time for growth and authentic experience.