We truly go to great lengths to create them.
As if life isn’t satisfactory, humans have a track record of creating experiences that surpass the boundaries of individuals. Fiction, in many ways, allows us to experience something different. Whether it’s getting sucked into a character in a book, being in awe of an imaginary world on the big screen, or feeling the thrills of being a hero in a video game. They may be similar to things the world has to offer, but they aren’t. They’re man-made.
That’s really something else, don’t you think? Especially with virtual reality taking its first baby steps into wider markets, those fictional experiences start encompassing more and more of our senses, more of the things that allow us to experience in the first place.
I’m not getting dystopian here. Apparently the urge that pushes us to seek broader and deeper experiences is strong enough to require ever-increasing levels of craftsmanship, both from technical and artistic perspectives. Whether that’s a fruitful or self-destructive endeavor only time will be able to tell, but we have no reason to fear the worst as of yet.
Let’s just enjoy it, shall we?