feb | on fantasization & catastrophization, nostalgia & regret

Most of the things we imagine never happen. When the thing imagined is positive but remains solely in an imagined and far-off future, it’s called fantasy. When the thing imagined is negative, one feels a sense of impending catastrophe. Fantasy and perceived catastrophe are bedfellows, and neither lives in the present. Their past-tense equivalents might be nostalgia and regret. Again, nostalgia and regret are bedfellows, and neither lives in the present. How often do you live in these four states?

Literary Link:
“It’s a great cake. A bride-cake. Mine!”
(Great Expectations, Charles Dickens)

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