The Escapist Nation; A Trial of Tension and Movement
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With the many cultural, economic, and political planes in existence, escape ends up being deemed a pejorative term, but how did escape arrive at this point? Usually, escape tends to relate to avoiding the real and/or reality to remaining in the imagination, but these acts of imaginative escape manage each individual and communal situation. So, how often do we actually escape? Yi-Fu Tuan, in his book Escapism, discusses how escape functions in that of nature and culture. Without the escaping from the rain, as the cavemen did, what would have happened to humanity? Through these decisions comes the development of a culture. Through culturally escaping do we see how everyone manages and balances the cultural influences in any and all environments. No longer is escape merely a survival strategy to live safely and securely, but a managing technique for everyday living. We act through escape, using it as a subversion to be creating and finding space for unique responses to the different cultural environments.