Lifestyle:Living in the city vs. living in the country
People have varied perceptions when it comes to living either in thecountryside or the city. Given a choice, every individual would dashat an opportunity of living in a place where they feel comfortable.However, the choice on where one would prefer to live is dependentupon the amenities that are available in either the city or thecountryside (John). Further, there is the issue of attitude that onecould have when it comes to living in either the city or the country.However, of significance is the need to conduct an assessment thatentails comparing and contrasting lifestyles in the city or country.Information derived from the same will guide when it comes to makingdecisions on the best place one could opt to stay. The analysis willfurther entail a comparison of the pros and cons in living in eitherof the places.
Comparison of living in the city vs. that in the country
Living in the country is cheap. The cost of basic needs such asclothes, food and shelter are low compared to that in the city.People living in the country have a choice of getting foodcommodities on the farms since they are their individual gardeners.However, for residents in the city, they have to make purchases inretail stores. The situation is made worse by the escalating pricesin the cost of food. The amount of money one would have to spend inthe city when accessing the essential commodities is high compared towhat the same items would cost way in the countryside.
Next, there is the issue of space. In the country, individuals haveplenty of space to carry out any of the activities that they do wish.People have space to farm, build any size of house they would desirewithout having to worry about adhering to the local authorityregularities. For example, in the country, one has space to start upa ranch, if they so wish. The space they have is large enough toaccommodate any of the activities they desire (John). However, thesituation is different in the city. There is little space for one todo gardening. The lack of space can further be confirmed by themanner in which houses are built. In the city, buildings areconstructed in such a way that they are on top of each other (Andrewand Bromley p770). The limited amount of space does live constructorswith no option but to come up with storey-buildings. Children do nothave a field where they can play. Compared to the city, the countryhas plenty of space such that children have the opportunity ofrunning around without worrying that they may bump into other peopleor trespass into someone else’s property.
Living in the country means that one always has to look out for theirbacks. The rate at which crimes take place has subjected many peopleinto developing an attitude that the city is not a safe place tolive. There is no doubt that structures have been enacted that seekto improve the state of security in the city. Security lights havebeen established in every corner of the city, and people are alwayson a high alert for suspicious activity or individuals. It is unsafefor anybody to move from one part to another unless it is confirmedthat it is a safe zone. For the same reason, people in the city havebeen subjected to a state where they have to be on the lookout in anyof the activities that they conduct. Contrary to the same, people inthe country live without any fear. They do not always have to besuspicious if they met someone who is nice to them. People canexchange greetings without an ulterior motive (Andrew and Bromleyp770). If one were to encounter a stranger, they would not have to besuspicious if they are dealing with them. The country is defined insuch a way that it allows people to live harmoniously. The culture ofseeing everybody as part of the family is what defines life in thecountry. However, while residing in the city, one has to be cautiouswith anyone they encounter. The fear with which people live withinthe city does emanate from the fact that people have been robbed, andsome of them killed in the process. Many have had negativeexperiences when it comes to living in the city. Despite the securitymeasures that have been enacted, people still suffer attacks andcontinue to live in fear. Currently, there is an increase in cases ofterrorism witnessed across various cities (Raymond). People continueto live in fear as they are not sure when an attack will be launched.Such incidences are rarely heard of in the country. People continueto lead their lives in a harmonious manner and view each other asfamily.
Life in the city has its share of benefits. The first regardsopportunities that accrue to those living in the city. Life in thecity gives one the ability to develop the attitude of tolerance.Challenges faced somehow has played a significant role in shaping thepeople such that they have a positive attitude towards theadversities that they face. For example, overall, the cost of livingis high compared to the life of the country (Andrew and Bromleyp770). For the same reason, those living in the city will have tograpple with the cost of accessing such commodities. As they do thesame, it gives them the ability to be critical in how to avert thechallenges that they face. Those living in the city always have tofigure out how they will make their lives better (Raymond). Throughsuch means, they end up developing an attitude of resilience despitethe challenges that they face.
Further, technological advances that have been witnessed in the cityhave significantly improved the lives of people. Unlike thecountryside where one has to grapple with the issue of how they canget immediate medical care, the situation is different in the city(Raymond). Cases, where pregnant women would have to give birtheither at home or on the roadside, is unheard of in the city becauseof how systems have been structured. Help is a call away. In thecountryside, access to services such as hospitals may be a challengeespecially because of the low level of development witnessed in suchareas. People can shop with ease. For example, unlike the countrywhere one will have to travel miles to access a shopping center, thesituation is different in the city. People can do online shopping andhave goods delivered to them.
Living in the city means that one has access to job opportunities.Many businesses have been started in the city. Most of them preferhaving operations because of the chances that exist when it comes toexpansion of services. Further, if the business is to improve itsservices, there is a chance that they would benefit from the marketopportunities that exist. With the increase in opportunities forexpansion, such a move would translate to an increase in the demandfor labor. People who have the qualifications for the jobs createdhave a high chance of getting employment (Raymond). Unlike thesituation in the country, much of the activities that are conductedare those in the farm or manufacturing industries processing theagricultural produce. There are limited chances of growth, and theamount of income earned is equally little. Most of those who have achance of benefitting are the people living in the countryside sinceprobably they live around the manufacturing firms, and life ischeaper. However, for individuals who desire to improve theircareers, the country may not be the best place for them. It is forthe same reason that many young people who seek to improve theircareer life opt to migrate to the city. Such a measure does emanatefrom the fact that the city does offer many opportunities to thepeople living resulting in economic benefits to them. Life in thecity, therefore, serves as an excellent way of one building on theircareer because of the opportunities that exist.
Many entertainment activities define the city. It is only in the citywhere one will have access to entertainment activities such aswatching soccer, going out in clubs and taking part in variousrecreational activities. Individuals who are outgoing and would loveto have an experience of fun activities can only have access to thesame by getting to the city. For various sporting activities such asbasketball, baseball, and football, there is an opportunity forpeople to have access to the same. It is vital to acknowledge thefact that the environment is defined in such a way that it promotesthe existence of such activities. There are various recreationactivities available in the city. The situation is different in thecountryside. Much of the games that could be in existent are thoseinvolving animals, and in most cases it is organized within thecommunity. Through such means, it becomes impossible for one to havefull access to entertainment joints. The country is limited when itcomes to the availability of such social amenities.
Finally, there is the concept of interaction between people ofdiverse origins while in the city. The country is defined in such away that the people living somehow are of the same ethnic background.However, when one gets to the city, they get to experience differentpeople with diverse backgrounds. The city provides people theopportunity of interacting with people of different culture andgetting to know them better. Further, there is the chance ofappreciating the diversity that exists courtesy of the differentcultural background everyone originates.
Overall, the information provided evidently suggests that each placeone chooses to live has its pros and cons. It is up to a particularindividual to compare the same and determine the best place theywould choose to stay based on preferences.
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