Why You Should Quit City Life
And Live off a Piece of Land
Why You Should Quit City Life
By Rishi Miranhshah / miranrishi.wordpress.com
Aug 10, 2015

The mess we are in, doesn’t need any elaboration. Nor does the fact that begging those who derive the most power and profit from the system that works to our own detriment, as well as to that of the whole planet, to please change it, hasn’t worked. Evidently, the system runs on our sweat and cells. Instead of complaining and supporting simultaneously, I guess it would make more sense to stop feeding all our energy and intelligence that run it.

It would make more sense not to acquiesce to slavery and sell our bodies, minds, hearts and souls in exchange for our needs of food and shelter.

The ten additional reasons, open to debate of course:

  1. You will stop being a leech and start being a human: Cities are centripetal in nature, sucking in everything from around till nothing is left but a lifeless, barren desert. And then they collapse in that desert. They’re egocentric, demanding, insatiable giants gobbling up all the resources from all around the globe, returning nothing but their excreted pollution. 

This sucking in and gobbling up actually involves a lot of bloodshed and annihilation of a lot of lives, human and non-human. Even if you are peaceful and non-violent by nature, and vegan in practice, you remain an accomplice.

  1. You will begin breathing life into you: In Sanskrit the word for breath is prana, which is a synonym for the vital life force. It is a collective life force that runs through all living beings. The breath of all living beings – that of diverse forms of plant and animal life – contribute to this energy and make it a life force. The more you are surrounded by a variety of plants and trees and other living beings, the more pregnant the air will be with this vital force, and consequently the more alive you will be. In the city you breathe the breath of the machines; industries and cars. And we all know the consequences.

You may balloon up in a city, but the vital force will always be missing.

You will need a forest to breathe in the life force; you cannot do that with the exhaust of a car.

  1. Your food will start passing on life to you: Just as you need this breath to be vital, so do plants and other animals. They need a healthy and vigorous community of plant and animal life to be healthy and vigorous themselves. They are interdependent. And you can only be as healthy as the plants and animals you consume. You may balloon up your plants on NPK, or animals on hormones and antibiotics, but the vital force will always be missing. Life is way smarter to be captured in your profiteering schemes.
  1. You won’t have to add poison to your and your children’s food: It’s quite hard to wrap one’s head around this - that why a species would choose to poison its own food before eating it; at the same time claiming to be the most intelligent species on earth.

The food we eat, we all know, becomes our body, our mind, our thoughts, our spirit… that is us. It’s not simply a question of calories, proteins and vitamins, as the city life invariably is bound to perceive. Cities snap the connection, and give the illusion that the source of food is the supermarket, and food is the sum-up of the label. We register what we see.

When growing one’s own food, one begins to see and appreciate that life sustains on the life of other living beings. And that the quality of our life depends on our relationship with the living beings that sustain our life. That becomes the very basis of our physical and spiritual being. One feels physically, morally and ethically cleansed, having stopped consuming – be it the battery chickens and hogs, or the Roundup corn or soy – and thus no longer being an accomplice in giving the animals or plants a life no one should be condemned to.

As a bonus yes, and a very big one, you save yourself and your children from being poisoned, and sending out invites to those nasty illnesses.

  1. You will stop having a watch and start having time: In the city, you may have a Rado, but you cannot have time (as the Afghan proverb goes – You have watches, we have time). Once out of the grip of the hours of your work, and the monetary evaluation of time, you will begin to sense a new meaning of time than the one you have been conditioned to. You will start sensing its rhythmic nature and its pulsating and liberatory effects on you than the restrictive and imprisoning ones. And as a bonus, if you are off the grid, your circadian rhythms would have a better chance of aligning with the natural ones.

This also means more time for your lover, children… your family. And a campfire whenever you want.

Plus, you won’t have to abandon your children with nannies or request their grandparents to raise them. That wasn’t the point of making babies with so much love in the first place, right?

  1. Your rat-self may start wearing off: Once no more locked in the clock, and released from the week-weekend trap, your rat-self may start wearing off. Not subjected to unnatural and impossible divisions of life anymore, best of all, you won’t have to introduce yourself thusly, “Well, I work hard, and play harder!
  1. Your shrink may lose a client: City works on you in two ways. Your job, and (thus) life, being monotonous, repetitive and (thus) boring; isolating and alienating, necessitates stronger stimulations and thrills. City stimulates your senses and mind, but cannot nourish them. Stimulation dissipates energy, you cannot afford it forever. Plus, you need to keep on increasing its intensity, frequency and variety in order to keep on deriving pleasure. Lack of stimulation makes you dull and depressed. You constantly need to be convinced of your existence by some stimulation, lest you get pulverized into nothingness; darkness unto darkness. You are left with no choice, but to, “work hard, and play harder”. The shrink helps you maintain the status quo with medication, the yoga guru with meditation.

Once released from your solitary confinement in your respective boxes called homes, cars and offices, out in the open in real spaces where beats of your heart become one with the pulsations of your surroundings, in a multitude of deep communing relationships with trees, plants and lakes; animals and birds and insects; the wind and the sun and the rain, your senses begin to get nourished and your mind healed. There is a good chance, you won’t need drugs to keep you sane in a sane world. 

  1. You will start growing a spine: I doubt if there are any studies, medical or otherwise, to support my claim. But I have a feeling, in the absence of a boss, one starts growing a spine. I’ve also heard that office work weakens one’s spine, and working on the land requires a good one. Survival on land appreciates a tough spine; success in city, a limp one. (Older anatomy books including Gray’s Anatomy and Leonardo Da Vinci’s sketches show a healthy J shaped spine, unlike our S shaped ones. People in many indigenous cultures still have J shaped spines, and in some of them back pain is virtually non-existent.) So, chances are you may start having a good one. 

Disclaimer: Author is not responsible for any matrimonial disputes ensuing the regrowth or strengthening of the spine.

  1. You will make new friends: As a plus, there will also be other than those of your own species. Yes, there will be moles and lizards and frogs; wasps and beetles and butterflies; ravens and robins and doves; rabbits and deer and foxes… besides farm animals and birds of your and your kids’ choice of course, which translates into a better physical, emotional and spiritual health for you and your family. Your children will have fewer fears and you won’t hear panic shrieks in the house the next time someone spots a cockroach or a spider.

The best part is, you won’t even have to go to Starbucks to meet new friends.

  1. YOU will stop the buck from passing: Plucked from city life and placed on a piece of land is tough and challenging no doubt, and you would require a completely different set of skills as well as that of ethics from the ones already acquired for the city. But the process can be very exciting too and can infuse you with a new life. To begin with, you will have to design your land. What goes where? How to design a natural home? What are your water sources? How to harvest and store your water and meet energy needs? How to grow food? What farm animals to keep and how to raise them? And contrary to what city life teaches, how not to poison your land, water and air? Because now, your survival depends on it. Making life off a piece of land needs earth ethics to survive; making city (and thus city life) off a piece of land, a lack of these.

City life is based on passing the responsibility, because city itself is an irresponsible act. We know that the land, the water and the air – the very basis of our life on this planet – are being poisoned, but no one can be held responsible. I’m given to think that it is someone else’s responsibility, though I myself am a participant.

On a piece of land, you learn to be accountable for the impact of your stay on earth; in the city – how to pass the buck!

0.0 ·
0
Trending Today
How Norway Avoided Becoming a Fascist State
George Lakey · 24,366 views today · Instead of falling to the Nazi party, Norway broke through to a social democracy. Their history shows us polarization is nothing to despair over.
Where the Term "Redneck" Came From
15 min · 15,839 views today · If you don't know this story, you'll never look at the word the same again.  This is just a window into the sometimes shocking, subversive and untold history of the United...
Without Saying a Word This 6 Minute Clip From Samsara Will Make You Speechless
6 min · 11,571 views today · Can you put this video into words? It's a clip from the phenomenal documentary Samsara, directed by Ron Fricke, who also made Baraka.  If you're interested in watching...
10 Words Every Girl Should Learn
Soraya Chemaly · 9,087 views today · "Stop interrupting me."  "I just said that." "No explanation needed." In fifth grade, I won the school courtesy prize. In other words, I won an award for being polite. My...
Stunning Small Homes Form Part of a Communal Compound for Best Friends
Lighter Side · 6,392 views today · If you’re lucky enough to have longtime friends even as an adult, then you know probably already know how much it means to be able to spend time together. Maybe you even have a...
Voices of Standing Rock
49 min · 3,874 views today · Short stories told by water protectors at Standing Rock, North Dakota. Part 1 - Introduction: Since mid-August 2016, thousands have set up camp near the Standing Rock Sioux...
What Happens When You Rebel Against the Herd
Sofo Archon · 3,475 views today · Are You Truly Living Your Life? You live, but are you living the way you want to live, or the way others want you to live? You choose, but are your choices based on...
Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong
6 min · 3,223 views today · What causes addiction? Easy, right? Drugs cause addiction. But maybe it is not that simple. This video is adapted from Johann Hari's New York Times best-selling book 'Chasing...
Charles Eisenstein: The Two Great Stories That Give Meaning to Our Lives
6 min · 2,841 views today · What matters in life? Who are we? Every culture has answers to these questions. And the way we answer them has profound effects on the health of people and planet. This is a...
Redneck Revolt Presents: A Message to the Patriot Movement
6 min · 2,786 views today · Over the past few weeks, Redneck Revolt has been communicating with a former member of a III% Patriot Militia based out of Ohio. Peter made contact with our organization after...
How a Lack of Touch Is Destroying Men
Mark Green · 2,626 views today · Why Men Need More Platonic Touch in their Lives
Films for Action's Public Film Screening Guide
Tim Hjersted and Matt Toplikar · 1,801 views today · This guide will give you step by step instructions on how to host Films For Action sponsored film screening events in your city. It is intended primarily for people who have...
Artificial Ethics and the Search for Intelligence
5 min · 1,644 views today · How to stop a robot turning evil.  It's 2027 and Mental Endeavours Ltd has a problem with their flagship robot Günther. How do you program an intelligent machine not to...
Philippine Vigils Against Vigilantes - The Reign of Terror in the President's War on Drugs
7 min · 1,366 views today · The war on drugs waged by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has taken more than 7,000 lives since its inception. It took the killing of a South Korean businessman by police...
A Hauntingly Beautiful Short Film About Life and Death
5 min · 873 views today · The Life of Death is a touching handdrawn animation about the day Death fell in love with Life.
John Lennon's "Imagine," Made Into a Comic Strip
John Lennon. Art by Pablo Stanley · 855 views today · This is easily the best comic strip ever made.  Pabl
Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek)
David Cain · 841 views today · Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months...
The Lessons of Standing Rock
Michael Emero · 797 views today · In mid-November of 2016, I was a Water Protector at Standing Rock. At first my goal was to play investigative journalist; documenting then writing about every detail for my...
Two Ways to Build Global Community
Dan Hind · 752 views today · A platform co-operative approach to information, rather than the models of Facebook and legacy media, provide reason for optimism, writes Dan Hind.
System Change Will Not Be Negotiated
Nnimmo Bassey · 698 views today · We frequently hear calls for system change, at public mobilisations, in conference halls and even in negotiation halls. The calls come as slogans, they come in anger and they...
Load More
What's Next
Like us on Facebook?
Why You Should Quit City Life