Escapological Vocab (Part 1)

Gradually at New Escapologist, we’ve invented our own terminology. It can probably be a bit confusing to newbies, so here’s a guide to some of the terms we use.

Escapology. The art, science, and phenomenon of breaking away from undesirable obligations into a self-engineered lifestyle of pleasure and integrity. Usually this involves stepping of the prescribed treadmill lifestyle of school > work > family > retirement > death, but not necessarily. Perhaps you already live the life of Jack Kerouac or The Mexican Fisherman and it is the treadmill world to which you’d like to escape. Either way, the art of getting there is Escapology. It must never be confused with escapism.

Escapologist. One who practices the art and science of Escapology. She is often characterised by a high degree of personal integrity, a critical bent, and an adventurous spirit.

New Escapologist. A printed periodical (and companion website) dedicated to reports of real-life Escapology, the sharing of Escapological practicalities, the seeding of Escapological thought, and the discussion of Escapological theory. All with a sense of humour and a tongue in the cheek. It is created and supported by Escapologists (there is no such thing as a New Escapologist or New Escapology).

Escapism. Escapology’s uncouth twin. Where Escapology methodically loosens the mind forg’d manacles, escapism will attempt to ignore them through tailored or off-the-peg distractions. Escapism is television, video games, general retreat into fantasy. All the while in the real world, the body grows weak and the manacles stronger. A bit of escapism can do you good, but not to the exclusion of proper, systematic Escapology.

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Robert Wringham is a humorist and the editor-in-chief of New Escapologist.

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