I just finished reading the latest (and last) Harry Potter book the other day. Yes, I do read Harry Potter. In fact, I have read them all and enjoyed them. They are not the greatest books ever written but they are a good read.
Anyway, I saw something on a page that caught my eye and it made me think, or rather want to express something that has been on my mind. The citation is from the end of the book but I can't think I give anything away by using it here, taken out of its context. So, here it goes:
'Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?'
Food for thought, isn't it? At least if you take it in a more general sense. Think about it! Everything that happens is experienced - yes, exactly - in the head. Even real life actions and events, those that affects our body are experienced by our minds. This may sound a little trivial. Of course it has to be like that. What else could experience anything?
The not completely trivial point I am trying to make is that it is not just experienced in our minds but similar events may be experienced in different ways depending on how our minds perceive them. For example, should the wind catch a curtain and slap you in the face you may be a little grumpy but don't think much about it. Should someone, on the other hand, walk up to you and slap you in the face you would be really upset and in some circumstances even traumatised by it. It may, even, be something you would remember as a humiliation for the rest of your life. What I am trying to say is that it is how we perceive the event that is the crucial factor, really.
The bottom line is that everything happens in the head and when you start to think that way, you can't just dismiss fantasies as, well, fantasies. They are events that happen in your head but the feelings, the emotions are real and they affect you as much as many real life events do.
And I am not saying that it is the same to imagine getting your bottom slapped as actually getting it, to bring this discussion to a level where I usually find myself. Of course it is not the same. What I am saying is that fantasies are real. Full stop.