Sometimes I long to live in another world.

 Austin (@FatNinjaL33T)7 years, 7 months ago

So, I am one to pride myself on being a nerd. And one of my favorite things ever is to get lost in other fantastical worlds in the forms of books, shows, or comics. I’m a huge fan of anime and manga, and I do a lot of reading and watching of them in my spare time, especially if they are longer series. I also pride myself on having brainpower. I love to think. I am constantly questioning how I can make myself a better person and how I can be more outstanding. But I look at the world around me and see less and less people that are even slightly interested in bettering themselves. They are cruel, selfish, and just slide by life instead of enjoying the journey. And one thing that bothers me the most is they don’t use their mind and reflect on these things. When that is the case, it almost feels to me like they’re not even self-aware (although I know that isn’t the case). The world seems so dull and grey to me sometimes because of this, even though I know somewhere in the back of my mind that there are so many beautiful things out there.

Now, tying back in my love of fantasy. Characters in any type of fantasy are always so colorful and strong. They live in beautiful worlds full of adventure. They meet interesting people. They fall in love with someone that is perfect them, and is just as strong and amazing as they are. And they use their will and friendship to get through anything that faces them. It isn’t rare for me to spend hours at a time watching/reading about them. Once I get hooked on a new book/anime (which doesn’t take very long), I completely and utterly immerse myself into it. I find it a relief to enrapture myself in the colorful and adventurous worlds, and I assume that is in an attempt to sort of escape from my world. I form bonds so much with these worlds that once all the episodes are watched and the chapters are read, I wish for it not to end. I find it hard to let go of the characters that had kept me company. I long to actually live in that world with the characters and be a part of their adventure, sometimes to a nearly heartbreaking point.

Does this happen to anyone else? If so, does it happen to this degree? I’d like to have a good discussion about it, it would really make me feel better I think.

February 2, 2014 at 12:03 am
gautam (4) (@connexion) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

I can surely understand your situation, while I have never been engrossed in it. I have had my share of fantasy novels (all popular like Harry Potter, Dan Brown and LOTR), but I like reading more serious books, but thats just my preference since I like to be well read. In your case I think what you are doing is projecting your botheration of the outside world in your books. Books have become like an escape route (for want of better words) for you to forget about the outside world. I think its perfectly fine and wish you all the best :)

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

Yes, I have to zone out in fantasy often. I understand that generally others aren’t interested in the kind of details about life that I find important, and there are levels to people; you have people who are at level 1 and want to be there, you have people at level 1 who want to be at level 2 (like me), you have people at level 2 who want to be there, then you have people at level 2 who want to be at level 1.

So I’d say most people are at the level they want to be, and those who aren’t are either annoying (like me) or they are dangerous.

But I see this cluster of stars, you can barely see it with the naked eye, but I noticed it years ago, and I often look for it in the night sky, and feel I belong there, but I think a machine lives there and is all alone.

Anyway, there is a cartoon you should watch; El Dorado and the Mysterious Cities of Gold.

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YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

Do you mean the Pleiades? I’m not sure if that’s the same cluster you’re thinking of. I feel like I know which one you’re looking at though, because I’m drawn to it aswell.

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Erica (39) (@ericaleeper) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

Have you heard of the Billy Mier case? theyfly.com?

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YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

I just looked it up. His claims are interesting.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

I have no idea if it is the same, I doubt it because I live in east coast Australia, southern hemisphere, unless you do also.

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YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

Nope. Just another filthy American. lol

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Erica (39) (@ericaleeper) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

click on the prophesies and predictions link.

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infamousgeek (5) (@infamousgeek) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

And here I was thinking it was just me. You’re not alone and neither am I. I know the feeling of seeing the world as a dull and grey entity. It seems like people have only lived to learn and be selfish, intolerant and ignorant to almost everything that actually matters. They are neither compassionate nor understanding. And hence people like you, me and several others(at least I hope there are several others as well) like being lost in virtual world.

My virtual world is however more abstract and changing than yours.(not that I’m being cocky or labeling my world to be superior.) There is not just one thing that tickles my brain. I like problems. All sorts of problems that can make me think and make me feel alive. I do not settle for one particular type of movie, TV series or book. I like a lot of variety. I start with one thing and keep doing it until I’ve squeezed enough happiness out of it. I get so involved in it that everything else seems irrelevant and a tedious duty. And I’ve found High Existence to be like an untouched treasure of such material.
I’d always wanted to discuss this and share this feeling with someone who would actually know how it’s like. I’m assuming you’re looking for the same.

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Q (94) (@Qualohuasca) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

If we live long enough, we’ll be able to live in virtual fantasy worlds. The longing might just be a sort of “memory from the future”, when time ceases to exist because it’s imported onto a virtual reality. :D

…I just realized how far out that idea is
:——D
No but seriously. During this century we will invent virtual realities, and then we’ll be able to experience all the things we get from books, and so much more. It’s weird how reality changes as a result of our actions.

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Banks (1) (@bankofbacon) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

I would recommend the anime Sword Art Online if you have such desires. It is an incredibly intriguing concept of a full immersion virtual reality MMO. Even if you are not one for anime I would definitely point you towards it.

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AmBrette (13) (@obscureazure) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

@qualohuasca, Whoa… I think your right. Someday we will be able to create/project our own realities in a virtual world.

@fatninjal33t As much as I love to get lost in books and other forms of false realities, I think it can become dangerous if not carefully controlled or monitored.
In a fantasy someone else is creating a utopian world for our entertainment, right?
So why not create our own?
No, I don’t mean write a book (unless that is your passion- then yes!!)
I mean go out into the world and create your utopia and LIVE IT.
WORK to make a life you are excited about and proud of!
Find your PASSION so that you are living your fantasy!

I know this may be easier said than done. But noting comes easy. Work towards a life you want day after day and be CONSISTENT.
Once you do, you will realize you don’t need these forms of distraction from your mediocre life because you are now living a life you enjoy.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to read. But use these books for inspiration to your life not a distraction from your life.
:)

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Austin (3) (@FatNinjaL33T) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

Thank you guys so much for replying, reading all your responses made me feel a lot better. This is a reason I love the HE community, I can share all these thoughts that would seem obscure to others with all of you and you can relate. @connexion I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your wishes. @infamousgeek I’m sure there has to be others, and honestly I had never thought of that possibility until I posted this a couple days ago. and @bankofbacon I’ll check it out, anime is awesome.

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AmBrette (13) (@obscureazure) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

@qualohuasca, Whoa… I think your right. Someday we will be able to create/project our own realities in a virtual world.

@fatninjal33t As much as I love to get lost in books and other forms of false realities, I think it can become dangerous if not carefully controlled or monitored.
In a fantasy someone else is creating a utopian world for our entertainment, right?
So why not create our own?
No, I don’t mean write a book (unless that is your passion- then yes!!)
I mean go out into the world and create your utopia and LIVE IT.
WORK to make a life you are excited about and proud of!
Find your PASSION so that you are living your fantasy!

I know this may be easier said than done. But noting comes easy. Work towards a life you want day after day and be CONSISTENT.
Once you do, you will realize you don’t need these forms of distraction from your mediocre life because you are now living a life you enjoy.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to read. But use these books for inspiration to your life not a distraction from your life.
:)

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Anonymous (16) (@) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

I’m reading The Hobbit right now and getting really strong pangs of this.

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Anonymous (175) (@) 7 years, 7 months ago ago

er.. if you judge these people, why get upset if they judge you?

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