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Living in the city or the countryside. Which do you prefer ?
 
Although I was born and brought up in the countryside, I spent most of my time in the city. However, a comfortable life in the city has never appealed to me at all. And the countryside with its advantages still appeals to me more than the city.

First of all, the clean and fresh air of the country would make me feel healthier. It would be relaxing and pleasant to enjoy the pure air wafted with the soft fragrance of roses and jasmines mixed with the mango, rambutan and lemon trees in my garden! I can take a stroll around the garden every morning and night. You would say that people living in cities have many chances to widen their knowledge. They can go to evening classes to learn foreign languages, such as French, Russian, German, Korean, Japanese and Chinese. Experienced teachers and professors are ready to provide them with what they want to know. Besides that, they can go to public libraries or English-speaking clubs to broaden their knowledge and improve their English-speaking skills. But, I would say that there is no necessity to overburden our lives with these pursuits, rushing through the overcrowded streets, waiting for buses, getting caught in traffic jams to reach these centers. Nowadays, we can do this from the comfort of our homes using the Internet and other technological gadgets. The stifling and polluted atmosphere of a crowded city makes us suffocated and annoyed. It may breed neurosis and other fatal diseases, so it is definitely safer and healthier being in the countryside.

Secondly, people living in the countryside feel safer than the city dwellers, who are in a state of continuously being afraid of ending in violent deaths caused by careless drivers or foolhardy motorcyclists. Furthermore, in the past few years, the crime rate in cities has escalated to such a degree that people are afraid to even walk in the streets for fear of falling victim to a snatch thief, a gun-toting gangster or robber or a rapist on the prowl. While there are cases of crime in the villages and small towns, they are not so rampant or serious. We can go for a walk safely without being accosted by unsavory individuals. And we will meet any number of friendly, helpful neighbors who are all smiles and full of warmth, unlike the unfriendly city dwellers. When there is a function, happy or sad, all the villagers are there to lend a helping hand, something that is quite unheard-of in the cities.

Next, people with a poetic soul will find the countryside a source of 'divine inspiration'. For me, nothing can be compared with the moonlight streaming through the thick foliage found in the countryside or the gorgeous glow of the sunset on yellow rice fields or other forms of cultivation. The silvery moonlight in the country clearer because of the unpolluted air has a mystic power to soothe our pains and sufferings, and it does help us escape from the material world of the city with its artificial man-made beauty and dazzling neon lights. Besides, if you are an avid gardener, you can spend your free time digging, planting and watering. You will feel a serene joy watching your fruit trees grow amid the melodious twitter of birds.

Of course, there are many advantages if you live in the city. There are many comfortable means of communication and entertainment in the city. You can go anywhere you like, and after a hard day's work, you can enjoy minutes of recreation by watching interesting films on a large screen in a modern and air-conditioned cinema. But with the advent of modern communication, you can watch movies and keep up to date with current events on television as well as your computer, even in the countryside. Here, you can rest from the noise and bustle of the city. Even though you have to get up early to catch buses to get to work in towns, you can sleep better at night without being disturbed by deafening sirens of cars or machines running noisily all the time.

Finally, our country is open to all foreign investments and the city is the cradle of industrial development. Therefore, upon graduating from university, city dwellers have innumerable opportunities to get lucrative jobs and upgrade their lives. Youths would prefer this as they want to carve a bright future for themselves and their families. But this is at the cost of their safety, health and peace of mind. Children too, are being exposed to all the wrong values practiced by the very modern materialistic city dwellers. Is this what we want for our children, the future leaders of our nation? Therefore, I prefer living in the countryside than in the city.

     
 
 

 

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