Thursday March 29
Is the creation of an alter ego really a lie? What if one is suffering and the only way to escape the suffering, be it sickness, abuse or false hope, is to live life through an alter ego? Instead of living the reality of being raped day in day out, one may be able to live the illusion of being safe and free from harm.
The mind’s ability to lock up and protect one from re-experiencing horrific memories is incredible. Is selectively choosing to hide from the pain of reality and instead living happily in a fantasy really that bad? Don’t we all long for escapes from our problems? Some of us, the lucky ones, can escape them. Our problems may all be work-related but once we head home on a Friday night we can leave them all behind at the office and escape for a weekend.
But what if our problems followed us? What if our problem was an abusive family member who took advantage of us and whose frightening power prevented us from running away? With only knowing fear and worthlessness and having no escape, wouldn’t you too create a fantasy in which you were in control and live in false hope of one day being truly happy?