Before townships and cities developed, people lived in villages in the
countryside. Facilities are, no doubt, better in cities, but city life has
become associated with stress, crime and pollution.
Life in the city is very
hectic. Traffic congestion is a perpetual
problem. At work, fierce competition, deadlines and meetings await the city
dweller. Always in a hurry to avoid the rush hour traffic jams, to be time for
appointments or to stay one step ahead of other, people in cities have little
time to relax. In the countryside, life is much more relaxed, there is little
hassle and no point in competing. Villagers go abut their tasks during the day
and rest in the evenings.
Living in towns and cities is also becoming dangerous. Houses in cities are
fenced in and many house owners also install grilles and alarm systems to
safeguard their homes. With the rising crime rate in cities, a woman walking
alone at night or displaying jewellery is courting
danger. In the countryside, houses may not even be locked or have
fences. People there usually know one another and outsides are easily spotted.
Any villager who commits a crime will be ostracized or punished, or both.
Furthermore, villagers help each other.
At the same time, pollution has become a household word in cities. Exhaust
fumes from motor vehicles pollute the air, and there is always the noise of the
traffic. Anyone who has lived in one of the crowded housing areas in the city
also knows that residents are often involuntary eavesdroppers to a neighbor's
family quarrel or are forced to listen to music from somebody else's radio. In
the countryside, houses are further apart but there is close
rapport between villagers or townspeople as
they meet frequently. Furthermore, the countryside is known for its fresh air
and quiet surroundings, which is good for one's physical and mental health. The
countryside, ahs, unfortunately, a few job opportunities and places for leisure.
It also has an inadequate public transportation system.
If I could live in the countryside and yet have the same opportunities as I
have in the city, I would definitely prefer the countryside because life there
is not as stressful as that in the city and yet is much safe and healthier.