Som tidlegar nemnd har eg denne sommaren såtte gøymd i skulebøker. Sommar-studie er ikkje av det vanlegaste her i landet, men kan anbefalast for dei som har behov for nokre ekstra studie-poeng, så vel som ekstra kunnskap. No for tida sit eg klint til datamaskina med studiet “English Composition” som går ut på å skriva gode akademiske tekstar på engelsk, eller såkalla essay. Då eg tidlegare i veka fekk oppdagava å argumentera for kva det er best å bu, bygd eller by, var eg nøgd. Eit tema der naturglade Eli absolutt har nok av argument for. Godt eller ikkje? Det må kva enkelt få døma…men det val litt for dumt om kun min professor i usa skulle få lesa…
Want a taste of fulfillment?
Most of us have a sense of belonging to the place we grew up, whether it is the urban city or rural countryside. We appreciate what we’ve gained from where we’ve been raised; thus we value it. Looking from an outside point of view, you’ll notice there are loads of positive and negative outcomes, by living in a city as well as in a town. By considering the scopes that counts the most to me, I find living at the country the most advantageous because of the nature, feeling of unity, as well as the safety.
What first pops to mind when considering a rural versus an urban lifestyle is the sort of “peace of mind” I get when being at the country. A town or a village is smaller than a city, it contains less people, thus is more quiet. Compared to the rush and rashness that is drowning the city-population in frustration, the traffic in a rural area is tiny. The combination of less people and closer distance to work or school makes the traffic go smoothly, even at 8 o’clock in the morning. Can you believe it? Furthermore, the countryside is often associated with wide-open fields, big mountains, forests, or even ocean or ponds. You might wonder what is so beneficial with having the nature close? Richard Ryan (professor of psychology at the University of Rochester) states it clearly in a study on how nature affects humans: “Nature is fuel for the soul.” Continuously he claims that humans have clear connections to natural things, thus it is important to be a part of it. The same study shows that 90% of the 537 students tested, gained energy and enthusiasm by being exposed to outdoor activities. By personal experience I identify with the fulfilling feeling of walking up steep hills in the woods or the ambiance of fresh air from the ocean, blowing away every worry I may have.
To most people, consciously or not, it is essential to feel involvement of a society, or simply for folks to feel like more than just one-in-a-million. Picture yourself living in a city; how many of your neighbors do think you would know by name, meet up with at social events, or simply say, “Hi, how are you”? –Probably not too many. In rural areas, on the other hand, one of the valuable qualities is the personal involvement, which again may lead to a feeling of community-spirit. For instance, in my town -at the coast of Norway- pot-locks and voluntary community-work are important factors to build our society. Whereas there in cities might be easier to find groups, cultural activities, or social involvements that meet you needs, the countryside offers a more personal level of engagement and interaction. The smaller and more concise a place is, the easier it is to see how dependent we are of each other and how we all can supplement in some way.
Now, what does it help if your home of residents is beautiful, social, or even fulfilling, if it is not safe? Safety in urban versus rural areas is a big and complex discussion with no clear answer. We know that the big highways where speed is high and accidents many, are passing by the rural areas. Thus, according to Bryan Walsh (In Town vs. Country, It Turns Out That Cities Are the Safest Places to Live): ”To move to a dense city…is the best way to survive”. However, the highways do not go directly through towns, neither is it only citizens from the town who drive the highways. The other side of safety brings up crimes and violence. According to Statistics Norway (The central bureau of statistics), there is a clear coherence between violence and urbanity. Based on these studies, the chance of becoming of victim for violence is three times as big in urban as rural areas.
The discussion is endless and hard to get a hold of, partly because the countryside where I live might not be the same as somewhere in the states or in China and so on. Thus, let not statistics be what draws us towards either the city or country. Rather should we all find a place to stay by which it fits our ambitions and genuinely reflects ourselves. To me, I’m a 100% convinced that the closer to nature you get the more whole you’ll feel. I’ll be growing my lettuce and feeding my chicken at my backyard far out at the countryside. What will you do?