WAR is a nasty reality that inspires our legends. The fear, pain and death are remembered as courage, heroics and melodrama. The struggles for resources and influence are celebrated as good against evil.
MURDER is a grim reality that stirs our imagination. The fear, pain and death become harrowing thrills. The horror and mystery inspired genres.
Fantasy is not reality. I dare say fantasy is better, even when worse.
Good against evil is the ideal of every struggle. Every nation, insurgency and terrorist organization fancies itself the good guys. If the fantasies were true, we would all be good guys.
Murder is seldom clever and its victims seldom interesting. Mysteries are rarely solved by delightful showman. What if they were?
The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars are classics because they are war as it is in legend. Horror movies and mystery novels are wonderful because they are murder as harmless fun.
Imagination is our power to make good things better and bad things good, not in reality, but as fantasy. It frees our thoughts and feelings by allowing our preferences. We find possibilities in what was otherwise impossible. Art, music, fiction and technology are the reality created by fantasy.