[quote="Hopemercy, post:7, topic:271451"]
it is interesting that you see the word as escape from LIFE...
As opposed to escaping from the clutches of all that is evil in the world and the way it lives.
Active orders live this in fact far more as they are a counter-cultural force in their loiving.
And there is no escape from anything in a monastic life.
All seek to escape from a life where so much is evil.
All that is evil in this world is in each of our hearts primarly. We never escape from our heart. That is why, you aptly point out that monastic life is not an escape - it is just further from the hustle-bustle of the modern world, at least in general. (I probably wouldn't be responding to you here if I were a monk...)
As you point out I could have been clearer "not escaping from life" could have been better worded, "not escaping from this world / external concerns / the evil in society." I accept your correction, thank you for helping me be clearer in the future.