“We do not want merely to see beauty... we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. That is why we have peopled air and earth and water with gods and goddesses, and nymphs and elves.”
― C.S. Lewis
This is one of my favorite quotes. It is truly my belief that fantasy brings us closer to the very things that we separate ourselves from. Life has become about the next gadget, the highest building, the commute and so much more that truly has no meaning.
When was the last time you watched the sun rise in the cool morning air? When did you last sit upon a rock in the midst of a rushing brook and just see the world as it is outside man's influence? The fantasy of mystical gods to explain our sorrow and our joy, the grasping of life upon a pirate ship to add adventure in a mundane existance; these are but fleeting respites from the world we have chosen. These escapes take us too a simpler time that really does exist in our world. Our world is a mystical place. We have just forgotten how to see it for its true power, mystery and beauty.