It is our refuge from such a disastrous world. It has no limits, with boundaries as vast as outer space - and beyond. Fantasy can be the most ridiculous things, and yet, can be truth at its greatest extent. It is freedom from our boring and structured lives. Fantasy is whatever we want it to be, and that is why it is so appealing to so many of us. The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy, written by Douglas Adams, contains excellent examples of the limitless potential of the use of imagination.
Fantasy is a mental form of escapism, a decamp of reality, and a place without limit and reprimand. How much would we like to escape to a place that eludes all of society's expectations, and brings us into a happier place? Fantasy is our sanctuary from reality. Like a formless comfort, it is our refuge from the evils of the world. In The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy, we witness as Arthur Dent is stolen away from Earth by Ford Prefect (an alien formally stranded on Earth), and ends up being the only survivor of the Earth's "demolition." (Pg 9-) In escapism, we are allowed to think clearly about our circumstances. For example, after Arthur has come to terms with the fact that he is the only human left, he reflects: He was now six light years away from the place that Earth would have been if it still existed. The Earth. But as he thinks about the things that would "normally" be the most important to him, he doesn't feel much of a reaction. He prodded his feelings by thinking that his parents and sister were gone. No reaction. He thought of all the people had been close to. No reaction. (Pg 51) Upon reflection, we can see what is truly important to us. In this case, Arthur is indifferent because he had a miserable life, and in capricious ideals, those things are unimportant compared to the opportunity he has to escape and discover something new and different. "You just come along with me and have a good time.