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Mon Jan 28, 2013, 11:33 AM

The difference between urban and rural people is... [View all]

... nothing.

What differentiates us are our experiences. Urban (and suburban) people generally tend to be exposed to different people, different cultures and more cultural history. Rural people are more locally interdependent, and have a broader set of skills cultivated through necessity.



A rural person must learn to keep his or her house, family, car and community running because there's no one to fall back on. Even if money was plentiful (in rural areas it is generally not) then there's no tradesman nearby to fix whatever is broken.

Urban people have a large collective infrastructure (public and private) to draw upon to fulfill these needs. The time that they don't spend "baking bread and fixing tractors" can be spent at school or the library or the museum.

If this thesis is accurate, urban people are more skills illiterate, and rural people are more culturally illiterate. Both forms of illiteracy are liabilities, but neither form of illiteracy is more or less "stupid" than the other.

It is abundantly apparent that the more prominent gap at DU is the ability for urban people to understand the implications of rural self-reliance. For the same reason we are not close to the museum, we are also not close to the police. If a stranger with ill-intent wanders onto the property, the cops aren't just a phone call away, they are a phone (land line, no cell service here) call and 30 minutes away.

For the same reasons that I don't want anyone taking my chainsaw, tractor or wrenches away, I don't want anyone taking my guns away.

... not because I love them, (In a sense, I hate all of them because they represent unpleasant things) but because I need them - even if I never have to use them.

Where I live, I AM the primary local mechanic, equipment operator, plumber, electrician, carpenter, accountant, librarian, repairman, EMT and cop.

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