Urban and Rural


Jung writes, “Plainly the urban world knew nothing about the country world, the real world of mountains, woods and rivers, of animals and ‘God’s thoughts.’ “…..This insight proved dangerous, because it tricked me into fits of superiority, misplaced criticism, and aggressiveness, which got me deservedly disliked.”

After living in and around either Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Boston, we now live in a tiny town, a hamlet if you will, of New Hampshire. Because of its lakes, our population booms to 2500 in summer. Living rural, I am more aware of all of those natural assets that Jung lists, but I am not anymore a caretaker than in my urban days.  I do show restraint from sloppy living, but other than that, I have lent no voice to political protections.

As to my own survival, if ever the electricity and Internet lets us down, I would be better off living in a city . Without modern assists of all types, I am useless, and totally dependent. It almost makes me want to learn how to be Daniel Boone.

In a societal breakdown I would make my way to either warmer climes or Alaska. The latter because, as I sometimes think about heaven, I would try to charm my way into a home that would supply all my needs. Somehow I imagine Alaskans more charitable than those in New Hampshire or places south.

I have no common sense for this assumption, only that the grass is greener. Greener meaning someone caring for all my needs without me experiencing any of the hierarchical drawbacks of dictatorial control and expectations.

6 thoughts on “Urban and Rural

  1. directorb February 28, 2014 / 11:54 am

    Great post!

  2. Marilyn Armstrong February 28, 2014 / 3:36 pm

    Most of us are basically helpless without electricity and all the things that depend on it. When I was younger, I could live in a tent, drink from a stream, catch fish, make fires. Now, if my life really depended on it, I could not do any of those things. But in that kind of society, people my age are called … uh … dead. Natural selection would have already long since selected me.

    • fictionfitz February 28, 2014 / 4:51 pm

      I think I could drink from a stream, but other than that, I would now be at best a ghost.

  3. New Hampshire Garden Solutions February 28, 2014 / 6:47 pm

    Did he go to the city and brag about being from the country and tell everyone that he knew more than they did? I’m not sure why anyone would do that. I’m also not sure that I would have liked him either.

    • fictionfitz March 1, 2014 / 7:03 am

      Agreed, he must have matured later.

  4. sritchie28 March 1, 2014 / 6:59 am

    Won’t be following you to Alaska. Just saying. 😉

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