MindfulOfWhy #3 City vs Country: Where would YOU want to live?

This section was originally intended to preach. But, thinking over it, I decided that there really isn’t much to preach and more to ask or discuss.

Today’s mindfulness is simply about the idea of where you would rather live. It is something that has been on my mind for a while, a constant debate between the peacefulness of the countryside or wilds, and the convenient but polluted society. City vs Wild, if you will.

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It all started with one of those bad days where you see the ugly side of people and I’m thinking: “Damn, this city life is really a rat race”. It’s almost as if society has been designed to turn us against each other.

Sometimes feeling like Doctors are destroying health, Lawyers are destroying justice, teachers are destroying education (I don’t wholeheartedly believe this, but sometimes when I’m feeling cynical, it seems like a truth that would apply to many).

In comparison, last year I recently went back to visit my grandparents in the countryside and I found that most were very pleasant and friendly. Disputes and people of bad character still exist of course, but they are few, and when conflict arises the two individuals are able to settle the problem themselves, without needing to waste thousands of dollars, tax-payers money, a whole courtroom of jury and judges. It’s such a simple and honest lifestyle, and people earn what they work for…in comparison to the capitalist society we live in where everyone tries to set up their own empire and “mine” everything they can.

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Upon the last few years of constant pondering, I found myself asking strange questions such as: Could I move and live in the wilderness? Would I be in trouble if I get caught? Wait caught by who? Is it owned by anyone? Wait – how the hell can anyone “own” land, or a lake? If I wanted to buy an ocean or an island, who on earth would I be paying? And what gives them the right to sell it or claim ownership anyway? (This began a rebellious attitude towards capitalism, socialists and the idea of “ownership”, but I won’t get into politics now)

Anyway, I can tell that my appreciation for the country is biased. Perhaps in a “grass is greener on the other side” way, as I have been brought up in the city. I kept this in mind as I balanced the Pros and Cons but in the end, I kept finding it perfectly balanced. I constantly found two opposing extremes, such as excess order for the cities, excess chaos for nature. A heavily air, mind and sound polluted area compared to a calm and peaceful environment.

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But then again, the country is so inconvenient and doesn’t have anywhere near the spoiled comforts we enjoy such as: Air conditioning, technology, internet and overload of entertainment. I didn’t get into the lifestyles of indigenous people because no matter what others say, calling them barbarians doesn’t make any sense when we ourselves have a form of ‘civilized’ barbarianism (which lacks much more ethics then their version.

What do you think? Where would suit you best? Whether you are from the Country or the City, are you sure you’ve taken everything into account before deciding the grass is greener wherever you’re not?

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