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Since I went to college and every year after, I’ve lived most my life in the cities. I find it peaceful. The fact that the cities exist as they do give me hope in humanity. The proximity of people around one another reinforce the desire to cooperate and live together without conflict. Even difficult people will find a way to live in relative harmony, or they won’t live in the city. Yes — you will still run into your share of terrible people, but the higher concentration of people means the terrible ones are in a lower ratio than you will find out in the suburbs.
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pavel-lishin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
I'd love to get this as a print or a shirt.
Pedigri Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting concept.
I'm not convinced to your vision of cities though - bigger cities promise bigger opportunities and bigger money, which attract the bad people. Not surprisingly organised crime in poland is seated in the biggest of cities like Warsaw or Gdansk/Gdynia/Sopot (Three-City).
But I guess a person accustomed to cities fears towns and suburbs as much as a person from a town or village fears the city.
pseudo-manitou Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
...I never said I didn't spend time in the suburbs. And I wouldn't call it "fear" either. Crime was in the suburbs. People kept large distances between themselves and others. They used fences.

But I am talking about American cities, so maybe there's that. In America, when things start to get very rural, you find the meth labs, gangs (made of teens who are mostly bored and broke), and individuals who prefer to live far away so they don't have to deal with people who are different.
Greipur Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Though, I think the rural problem is probably partly due to our (as in Western society) focus on cities. We centralise culture, work, politics and wealth to a few spots. Everyone else gets left out, sort of an in-country colonialism. The country, the rural areas simply become feeding pipes to the great hubs, where life is enjoyed at its fullest. The rural areas can't affect the cultural narrative but are simply fed what's being produced in the cities. If they want to succeed in life they need to forget their country ways and assimilate into the city.

I'm hoping the internet can mitigate some of that centralisation.


Oh, and on the subject of cities and how humans behave I do recommend this talk called "In the realm of the fences" by Steven Flusty. He's done some interesting work about how to design paranoia, and control humans with urban architecture. Mostly focusing on America, but he talks about some worldwide metropolises as well.
Pedigri Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. Yes, it's probably an American thing. Or a foreign-country thing at least.
DivineTofu Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
I like your outlook on cities, I'd never thought of them like that!
Keaze Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
I find living in huge concrete boxes encourages isolation.
The paperbag concealing snakes is such a great metaphor for how you can't know how evil some people are until you get to know them.
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