I am not sure if it because two wars were fought on European soil in the last century, or whether it is because the normal European lifestyle is simpler, (less food, less space, more community), but I am increasingly aware of the fact that in opposition to Europeans, many Americans live in Fantasy-land.
Fantasy-land has been made out of the bubble of consumerism. Consumerism dulls the mind and soul, making the pursuit of things more important than the pursuit of the interior life. One of the reasons why Adoration and contemplative lifestyles are so important to set up in America would be to combat consumerism. I pray for this to happen...the simplicity of the Eucharist in the Monstrance, the Vulnerable God, combating, silently, Fantasy-land.
Consumerism causes a person to fall into the philosophy of materialism, which only holds that matter, what what sees, touches, hears, tastes and so on, is real. Ultimately, materialism denies the soul and the spiritual life.
Fantasy-land is my name for Augustine's City of Man, the city which grows up and thrives alongside the City of God, which is largely, though not exclusively, unseen.
St. Augustine is very clear about those inhabitants of the City of Man who are "dead". In Book Thirteen of his masterpiece, he expertly and neatly outlines the distinction between those who are alive in their souls, and those who are dead. He states, "For the wicked have life in the body, but none of soul." Their lives are lived out in death and when they die, they shall experience the second death.
Fantasy-land is a state of living death. Those who chose to live for things, consumed by things, working for things, have chosen their gods of the earth, the gods of Fantasy-land. Some souls are dead because these people have never been baptized. Their souls are still in the darkness of Original Sin, a fact many Catholics forget.
Baptism regenerates the soul, giving the person life in Christ and making that person a son or daughter of God and heir of heaven.
But, one can lose sacramental grace given in baptism through mortal sin. Those in Fantasy-land live as though they will live on earth forever, not facing God in judgment, both particular and final.
The problem here in America which defines the inhabitants of Fantasy-land, is that these people encourage each other to continue to live in this false paradise. If you recall the Genesis story, God throws Adam and Eve out of paradise so that they do not eat of the Tree of Life and live forever in evil.