“Truth, of course, must of necessity, be stranger than fiction, for we have made fiction to suit ourselves.” G.K. Chesterton
Fairyland is great. Especially when there are adventures involving pirates and dragons and fairy dust. In the moment of a fairytale it feels like magic and pure euphoria, but we can’t live our lives in the fairytale because it’s not real.
It is natural for us to want a fairytale life. G.K. Chesterton also writes:
“The ordinary man has always been sane because the ordinary man has always been a mystic. He has permitted the twilight. He has always had one foot in earth and the other in fairyland.”
We have imaginations for a reason. We are creatures who create. Made up stories help us process our emotions. Sometimes reality only makes since when it is told in a metaphor as a bedtime story.
Sometimes we take memories of people and create a whole new person in our heads. We imagine what a relationship could be or what it should have been. We fall in love with our own creation, thinking it is the person standing right in front of us.
Living in fantasy can set us up for disappointment.
The fantastical configurations of the fragments we share disillusion me to the truth of who you really are.
Eventually reality will prevail over the fantasy and the image will break. Everything we thought we knew shatters by the hit of the hammer of what everything really is. No longer blinded by love, we can then see the truth.
It happens to everyone in every area of life. We create and ideal home, ideal friendship, ideal marriage, and ideal jobs that the real world can never live up too. Its part of the selfish fallen nature.
Pornography is a fantasy that infects every relationship, future, past, and present. It is unreal and exploitative. The girl is someone’s sister, daughter, wife and the boy is someone’s brother, son, husband. They were created to be loved, not lusted. This world infection shows the pitfall in fairyland: it is all a perversion of love.
Sometimes we need one foot in fairyland. Life can be just too much and escaping in someone else’s story may be the only relief. But it is only a temporary relief. We should never lose our footing in reality.
We should stay grounded and balanced in both.
The beautiful broken world is not all bad. Sometimes what seems unreal is real. Like a total eclipse of the sun, the dawn during the day. Moments of celestial phenomena are a gift God gives us, just because he loves to see us in delight. In our hearts, he marries heaven and earth because God likes making His heavenly fantasy our earthly reality.
So, keep one foot in fairyland, one foot in reality, and all eyes on God.