Essay on The World And Other Places By Jeanette Winterson

1494 Words Oct 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
Counterfactual thinking and living in imagination is another aspect of life that distracts adults and children from their realities. These individuals get captured in their thoughts of how life should be or how things should go. By adults and children carefully planning out their future’s and how certain things should happen, it causes misery when their “blueprint” does not go as planned. In Jeanette Winterson’s essay “The World and Other Places”, she introduces characters who live their lives through their dreams and imaginations but have a hard time facing their truth. These characters were waiting for their dreams and imagination to re-invent their realities. She illustrates the drawbacks of living in a space that does not exist. Similarly, in Alison Gopnik’s essay “Possible Worlds: Why Do Children Pretend” she discusses how people live in a mindset of counterfactual thinking which are the “woulda-coulda-shouldas” of life. She argues the benefits of having insight and a blueprint of what someone wants to do in their future. Gopnik discusses the importance of an adult or child exploring their imagination to help plan out the future. However, by imagining their future it causes people to limit themselves to what is going on in the real world. Consistently living in imaginary worlds is a disadvantage to the individual because they get so caught up in the future possibilities that they do not appreciate or take advantage of their realities.
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