“I cheated.” It’s two words that people have nightmares about. It’s two words that are the equivalent to emotional cancer. It’s two words that cause a myriad of different feelings to happen all at once. Anger, denial, betrayal, depression—and this is only immediately after hearing it.
Now, anyone who’s been cheated on can tell you it’s the most gut-wrenching experience of their romantic life. But to be betrayed by not only the person you love, but by the person you consider family—that’s catastrophic. It completely unravels your reality. It makes all the loving gestures, all the conversations and all the intimate moments feel like cogs in a colossal lie that's been chugging along for months, years or even decades. Jordyn Woods' relationship with the Kardashian family is said to have been in dire straights for the past few days, and justifiably so.
Is that really escapism if we're just escaping into someone else's life, who is probably doing the same exact thing? What are we all escaping?
Hell, it’s not even celebrities anymore. Social media has turned everyone’s life into public entertainment, a free TV show. And now, there’s hundreds of millions of channels. Is this simply escapism taking a new form? Instead of watching a fictional rendition of reality, our new escapism is watching the “actual” reality.
Whether it's to feel less alone, or to sit on a throne of judgment and pick apart flaws, other people's actual lives have become cannon fodder for our own entertainment.
I’m putting a lot of questions marks at the end of these sentences because I really don’t have any idea. It just seems that stories like the one you started reading when you clicked on this article have tremendous resonance. Whether it's to feel less alone, or to sit on a throne of judgment and pick apart flaws, other people's actual lives have become cannon fodder for our own entertainment. People simultaneously want to relate and to escape. From what, I’m not sure. All I know is that I escaped myself for a little while by writing this.