Discuss the meaning of the Williams' quote below on the ides of escaping reality."Our reality is based on and can be changed by a variety of things that surround us. The results of these changes...

Discuss the meaning of the Williams' quote below on the ides of escaping reality.

"Our reality is based on and can be changed by a variety of things that surround us. The results of these changes lead us to creating multiple realities that suit and allow us to understand the situations we find ourselves in."

-Tennessee Williams

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that Williams' quote actually speaks to the idea that there can be no such thing as a permanent escape from reality.  Consciousness is depicted in the quote as difficult and challenging.  The struggle, though, is to understand why reality is configured in the manner it is. This is where the "escape" from reality is needed.  Williams indicates this in the quote in the idea that individuals are able to "create multiple realities" in which there is a better comprehension about "the situations we find ourselves in."  For Williams in the quote, there is the idea that a temporary "escape" is needed in order to understand the conditions that cause much in way of difficulty, hardship, and a sense of confusion in being in the world.  It is here where "escape" is essential.  It provides the understanding that individuals need to possess in order to make this life more livable, more manageable, and one in which pain is not eliminated, but rather understood in terms of the "situations we find ourselves in."  I don't see Williams in the quote speaking of the absolute need to escape or find a way from the difficulty of being in the world.  Rather, there seems to be a call in the quote to better understand the pain in which we exist and to assess why it is the way it is.  In the quote, I sense that the notion of "escaping reality" is tempered with the idea of seeking, struggling, to understand it.

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