The authors of a study published a few days ago offered an excuse for the reason people react so viscerally to the end of television series like Game of Thrones. According to these researchers, human beings may form “parasocial” relationships with fictional characters that in some cases are functionally equivalent to social relationships, so when the artists conclude the fiction the viewer experiences separation anxiety. They have been dumped. In other words, it’s not so much HOW the series ends as it is that the series has ended at all.
The lead researcher speculates, “People have simply not developed separate ways of thinking about relationships that are imaginary rather than real”.
The implications, if true, broadly extend across the human experience. Human beings through history have tended to react to complex issues with simplistic and authoritarian responses. Simple responses provide easy if highly inaccurate solutions that also facilitate denial. Fiction is much easier to love than reality.
The need to simplify pervades. Complexity simply re-roots. Welcome to the jungle.
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.