Why do humans have such a strong urge to distract ourselves from the real world? Distraction is our best way of making ourselves forget our responsibility for ourselves and others. Total distraction means distracting ourselves from the recollection that we are distracting ourselves. “Losing yourself in the moment,” an idol of our age, is a perfect excuse to distract yourself from the fact that you are distracting yourself.
In discussing escapes from reality, Poulos writes "But there is no escape from religion, and in an especially abrupt encounter with reality,..." Really? religion is the ultimate in escapism, where belief in an all mighty benevolent God who works for the betterment of mankind and an after-life of heavenly bliss awaits the faithful- neither of which has any basis in fact drives many to blindly follow the literal (with translation) of the Bible with no evidence that it is even accurate. Religion does not encounter reality, it obfuscates it to satisfy the fantasies of those who don't wish to deal with the realities life holds for us. Fritz