In small communities, everyone knows each other. That is the core of the reason humans are built to live in small communities, not cities. We are social animals; think about it.
It’s no coincidence that when you look at any election map, there’s a stark difference between the rural and urban. People living in heavily-populated areas tend to be left-wing. Even in Alabama, the reddest state in America, the residents of Birmingham vote blue. I’ve already covered, in many posts, how the left-wing philosophy is based around groups, and the collective, and cares little to nothing about the individual. It’s no coincidence that in cities, the individual hardly matters to anyone, especially the population at large. These things are one and the same.
Not the case in small communities.
Years ago, I heard a segment from Bill Maher’s show, where he talked about how the difference between cities and the country is that cities are ‘multicultural.’ I would say he’s technically right, but in a practical sense, dead-wrong. Yes, you get a larger variety of things to see, and personalities … but the fact still remains that you, yourself, are an individual. You can indulge in variety, but you yourself cannot be everything at once. You, just like literally everyone else, have things you like and things you don’t like; things you can handle, and things you can’t stand; things you enjoy doing, and things you have no interest in doing. Plus, odds are, you don’t want to share your romantic partner, or your kids, or even your friends, with millions of people who live next-door to you.
Cities are good for only one thing: Working at, and visiting. They are not places you want to live. But the longer you live in one, or close to one, the more it poisons your life and your perception of reality.
The higher the population, the less the individual matters.
The higher the population, the less the everyone knows each other.
Not to mention, the higher the population, the more variety you see of bad things too, like poverty and destructive lifestyles in general. I can understand why young people start life being left-wing. I used to be left, too. But when you live surrounded by millions of people, and you see the numerous, countless ways life can be shitty, you have a much longer list of problems to solve, but your list of solutions doesn’t get any longer. That’s why young people like the idea of socialism and they keep thinking it’ll work eventually, when it won’t. It’s good that young people want to save the world, but they can never accept that they can’t save the world; not even close. They can only save and protect their own.
The world itself is far too diverse with different opinions, backgrounds, cultures, ways of thinking, and ways of living overall. That is why you can’t save everybody. Throwing money at a poor person doesn’t solve their problems. Giving hugs to drug addicts doesn’t make them sober. And in the same vein, wanting all guns revoked doesn’t prevent massacres. The list goes on, and on.
Living in a city is a mental trap for young people with big hearts.
Still, though… Socialists and communists are the most ironic people on Earth. Why? Because if they really wanted to live in a place where everybody is equal, and everybody contributes to make sure nobody is left with less, they would realize that that kind of utopia IS, already, how small communities live.
In small communities, everybody knows each other. And for social animals like humans, living in a place where everybody knows each other is the solution to all of our problems.
When everybody knows each other, everybody trusts each other. In small communities, you can let your kids play outside for 10 hours straight, without needing to check up on them a single time, because your neighbors will assist you with that. Your neighbors are your friends. If you wind up like the kid from Home Alone, you can call any one of your neighbors and ask them to keep an eye on your kid for you. If you have a teenager who goes running off, you ask the whole community to help search for them, instead of just waiting on the cops to get around to it.
As for strictly-adult issues… In small communities, your neighbors sometimes give you gifts at random, for no reason. Sometimes your neighbors come over to visit, simply because they want to. Sometimes they give you food if you’re short on money this month… Can you really expect these things in cities? You might get one neighbor like this, tops.
In small communities, there is a tremendous amount of peace as compared to greater population hubs. It’s quieter, there’s far less crime, and the places you make memories with your childhood friends and your lover are far less likely to be vandalized or destroyed by a new gas station or apartment complex.
As for the financial-assistance aspect of all this… I’ve always lived in the suburbs, but during my Christian years, I saw this kind of thing firsthand with my church. Somebody in the church congregation needed help with rent, or paying to have their roof repaired, and the church’s tithes went to help with those needs. And remember, most church-going Christians are right-wing Republican voters.
You want ‘socialism’ that actually works? Live in a small community, and there ya go. And not just a small suburban city, I mean a small town of less than 5,000 people that’s at least 50 miles from the nearest big city.
You may try to mock me for always putting so much emphasis on how ‘our ancestors did things for tens of thousands of years,’ but the reality is, copying many of the things they did is the key to happiness and fulfillment in life. We are the same animals with the same brains they had.
But when it comes to small communities, that’s not just a “our ancestors did it” thing, it’s also a logical thing. You ARE less of an individual when you are surrounded by millions of people. You ARE more likely to be a victim of crime; you ARE far less likely to live near people you can trust with your house and your kids.
Living in a small community is better, in EVERY way. Period.