Food for the Imagination: Grand Adventures and a Modern Day Escape
"Fantasy? We live in an age of fantasy! Everything around you was once dreamed up by kids your age in a time gone by. You are born into fantasy, as are so many others. Why live in a world of nonsense?" -Some Random Guy
In an age of handheld devices that could remotely launch a space shuttle while also browsing a worldwide database for cat videos on a homemade video community known as YouTube, why are people still going to medieval fairs and playing Dungeons and Dragons? In decades past, mankind could never have imagined that virtually everyone in the United States would have a smart phone, capable of so many amazing things OTHER THAN calling their friend or family member, such as surfing the internet, playing multiplayer games, and controlling their TV or computer. With devices straight out of science fiction, why do so many people entertain the notion of dragons, elves, mythical creatures, and magic?
It's clear to see that people love to entertain their minds with thoughts of the impossible - of a world that does not and cannot exist. Humans love to let their imaginations run wild and take them to incredible new places. That child-like wonder creates excitement and leads to adventure. When it comes to smart phones, it's hard to become excited about something that already exists, as it limits the human imagination. Technology has become so ingrained in our daily lives that it has become tiresome and boring (to some degree), so people escape to a world of fantasy, where anything and everything is possible.
The question is: Is this a bad thing? I don't think so. I think back to the Roman Coliseum and its original purpose - to entertain and distract the people from the political issues of the day. In some ways, a modern day person's escape into fantasy isn't so different - taking that person on a grand adventure, away from the constant drone of technology. Is that a little elitist? Can that be labeled as a "first-world problem"? Perhaps, but it is the world we live in. But it can also be a way for those with issues to escape them, as well. Regardless of the situation, fantasy can be seen as a way for people to experience new things, explore boundless possibilities, and let their imaginations run rampant.