Friends, have you ever stopped to consider how the world might be if cities had never developed, if the bulk of humans still lived in small, close knit rural villages or were itinerants who just followed their flocks?
Now, being a bright lot, I know you'll argue that cities have been around for a long time, Rome, for example, London as well but, other than for trade (which has brought us the wonders of global warming, etc) surely there is no rationale for cities at all. Cities of course attract all manner of organized crime, vice and degeneracy which may prove attractive for some.
You might argue that cities are necessary for jobs. But surely, if you grew all your own food and wove your own cloth and could barter with others for special needs like shoes you wouldn't need a job or alarm clocks, suits, bosses, tax returns and many levels of government, laws, police and courts, etc. I mean do humans really want to herd together in a polluted environment, to live cheek by jowl, to hear each other's marital upsets or lawnmowers or moments of passion or be kept awake by other people's early morning parties and barking dogs?
Are we herd animals like cattle or gnus? Do we really share genetic similarities with insects like bees and ants that happily congregate closely together but manage to work in unison. Or are humans in the main in a permanent state of conflict and stress when crushed together and surrounded by constant noise and caught up in traffic jams and feeling like tin sardines while traveling for hours in packed buses and trains?
Then on weekends jaded city people, caught in their cities because of traffic gridlock, swim at crowded beaches where the water is often contaminated with human waste or cigarette butts or catch fish which contain mercury or sit close-packed in stadiums and breath each other's air and body odors while small groups of stout players dressed in bright uniforms try to smash each other into oblivion.
Do humans really stop to question why they live their lives as they do or where they do? Or do most humans just follow the crowd, believe whatever they're told by those who profit from their unquestioning acquiescence?
What is our natural state? Where and how should humans live to be in harmony with themselves, their fellows and their environment?
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