Each of us exists within a human and physical environment that surround us.
The human environment includes family, relatives, friends, neighbors, work-mates, acquaintances and the everyday people you see in the street.
Each of us relates and behaves on the basis of his or her perception of their environment.
Jobs, education and lifestyle are important reasons why people live in or near cities.
Lifestyle choices in a city include cultural and recreational activities such as art galleries, museums, concerts, public libraries, theaters, festivals, opera houses, movie theaters, department stores, supermarkets, parks, sporting events, restaurants, coffee houses and so on.
The major educational institutions such as colleges and universities are also located there.
City people have more job opportunities, higher salaries and higher education levels.
Negative aspects of city life are long commuting to work, high population density, anonymous suburbs, high-rise apartments and houses that are built close together.
People have to cope with traffic jams, high noise levels, pollution, immorality, crime, drugs, gambling, juvenile delinquency, suicides and mental breakdowns.
Health risks include overcrowding and poor air quality that make people more prone to contracting viruses, suburbs may not have tight-knit communities and fewer spaces to enjoy the beauties of nature.
City people also tend to eat more processed and fast food which are grown using pesticides then refined to the extent that most of their nutrients have been removed which puts them at greater risk for weight gain, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases.
There are people who long for the less stressful rural lifestyle, even if it means sacrificing the advantages of living in a city or large town.
Rural life is the epitome of traditional values and the self-sufficient way of life.
Away from the world of neon lights and traffic jams, the uncrowded rural landscape opens a pathway to God’s natural world in all its variety and vitality.
The panoramic landscape of evergreen forests, gently flowing streams, hills and valleys and the wonderful rising and setting of the sun are breathtaking in a rural environment.
There are the sights, scents and sounds of chirping birds, the murmur of insects, humming bees and the sweet smell of wildflowers in natural, unspoiled surroundings.
Collecting fresh eggs from the chicken coop every morning, honey direct from the beehive and the comforting aroma of freshly baked country bread is a way of life of how it was in the past.
Out in the clean, fresh air, the rural farmer who cares about quality, produces bountiful fruit, vegetables and herbs in season as an all year-round source of healthy food that is nutritionally superior and have extraordinary depths of flavor.
You will find farmers paths that lead to various fields of grain crops, vineyards and orchards and shepherds paths that lead to grazing livestock in winter and summer pastures.
Rural values create a sense of community spirit and belonging which provides a more healthier and relaxed lifestyle.
With farming acting as an important industry of rural life, the people’s whole year is tied to the changing wonders of every season.
Spring in the countryside, is the season of flowers, of birth and the return of migrating birds happily chirping as they build their nests.
Summer turns fields into gold and fruit offers seasonal taste delights.
The autumn landscape changes the leaves of trees from green to red, orange, yellow or brown before falling, the days are shorter and the birds begin to migrate to warmer regions.
Winter is the coldest season of the year providing the ideal time to huddle around the fireplace with a hot bowl of country-style soup.
Source by Andrew Papas
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