Friday, February 2, 2007
Thursday, February 1, 2007
I think the attraction is that end-of-the-world setting focuses our attention on what we thinks is really important in life - love, social relationships, etc. and also establishes a Great Objective for the survivors concentrate their efforts, whether it's rebuilding or simply surviving.
It's interesting how many people describe what I do as checking out of reality, or various variants on this. In fact, this has more to do with which parts of reality a person is paying attention to. Somehow it is "reality" to engage in a lot of abstract symbolic thought (and sort of paste that thought on over one's surroundings and believe oneself to be perceiving them) but "not reality" to engage in interaction more or less directly with one's surroundings.