The word escape is a fickle and deceitful concept, much like Iago in Shakespeare’s play Othello, who plots and manipulates by trapping others in a tangled web of lies and playing on their weaknesses. The first image that comes to mind when thinking of the word escape is usually the structure of a massive and heavily guarded prison, where mean, rugged crooks and gangsters pay their debt to society. The second image that comes to mind is that of personal avoidance, even flight, from something we fear or dread dealing with. Both times, the word escape brings us to consider elements exterior to us. Yet we all try to break free within, on a daily basis, and no hooligans nor specific trembling matters at hand are to blame. We instinctively attempt to escape our own lives.The long for evasion is such that we’ve heedlessly established levels, according to the desired degree of immersed state.
The least hypnotic status is the “passive escape”, reached when watching a popcorn movie. The next level is the “active escape”, attained with intense daydreaming. The last and most effective mesmerizing state is the “passively active escape”, aka “virtual reality”.