Acting, I think, helps us out a bit with that. There's a quote I saw the other day from Ben Whishaw, from an interview he did for The London Magazine, that I especially like:
Theatre is about watching real people, in the moment – a connection between actors and audience. It’s a lie that takes you out of yourself. I think that’s important when everything we hear about is austerity and economics. There’s more to life than that.