The Play of Consciousness
Remember that story “Going Places”, prescribed in ISC syllabus. In Sophie’s case, her imagination or subconscious world was getting blurred with her real world. She couldn’t differentiate between her thoughts- which ones belong to the real world and which ones to the imaginary world. Her confusion finally aggravated, and led to disappointment and depression.
Nothing of such has happened in my case and I am sure that it won’t ever happen. But there is a deep desire to escape—escape from this conscious life—the real world, and get entrapped in the subconscious or the unconscious world. I always search for ways to entrap myself in imaginations and dreams. Well, people may call me a coward. May be I actually am so. Every time reality feels disturbing, boring or depressing, I try to find solace in sub consciousness or unconsciousness. Virtuality in numerous ways finds place in our day to day lives. Without it, living would have been impossible. How many times have I not tried to disentangle myself from the clutches of the real life ties? How many times have I not escaped, or say plunged into novels, serials, films, and sleep. Every rhythm of the song you hear creates an illusion in itself and takes you to the other world; every time you have a nap, your mind journeys miles away to a different locale, different atmosphere with different people, sights, customs, culture—a whole new world. Every time you watch a movie, you get engrossed in it—its characters, its theme, story, plot and you feel as it makes you feel. You feel a lump in your throat when sad and you laugh when you are happy (when its characters are happy). You are not what you used to be in the real world.
They say that the Past is dead, and the Future is unborn. But the Past always lives in form of memories in your subconscious being, and the Future is always anticipated or imagined. These facets of life are difficult to understand.