Getting the fantasy/reality mixture set correctly in your personal carburetor is one of the most difficult tasks in the home psychological workshop. And it needs to be tuned regularly to get the most out of the psyche.
Of course some people never do any of their own mental maintenance – preferring to leave it to the mechanics down at the clinic. This is fine most of the time, but upsets can throw off the fine balance of the mind and it is as well to know how to get the thing running smoothly without having to be towed in all the time.
Now some people never go past the factory settings. They start out with childish desires and fears and keep them for their entire lives. This is fine if they live in childish societies that never ask them for more. They are encouraged to believe in dragons and witches and evil spirits along with the rest of the population so that they will never want more. It can be an awful thing if someone shows them more and they realise they have been diddled…
Some people discard the fantasies early on. They drop the stuffed bears and model airplanes and dreams of football prowess and set out to grasp reality. In many cases what they grasp for is money and all it brings. In the past logic has been a more successful way to get this than folly, but lately the have been a number of good openings for the fantasizers in the population – as long as they can be entertaining enough.
Some fantasies hurt. Sexual and emotional ones in particular. The wise person who can see this in prospect will avoid it. The less wise who finds it to be the case by bitter experience… and desists…also benefits. The fool who persists or searches for new peril also generally finds it. Some sins can be as self-punishing as prophecies can be self-fulfilling.
For myself, I have run through dozens of fantasies and fantastic ventures in my life…few of them harmful. The only problems occurred when I did not realise the fantastic nature or when I failed to realise that the time for something was over. With new ventures, new pleasures and benefits have a chance to begin. Old failures can be left by the wayside and old mistakes noted for the future.
I still fantasize, but know how to apportion it to my resources and stamina.