On “Escapism”

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“To dream of the impossible and disregard reality is to question the inevitability of existing circumstances.”

 — from Clive Wilmer’s Introduction to News from Nowhere and Other Writings, by William Morris


“Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home?  Or if, when he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls?  The world outside has not become less real because the prisoner cannot see it.”

— J. R. R. Tolkien, “On Fairy-Stories”

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