Hey Chris, because of this recalcitrant iPad I responded to this elsewhere, apparently this morning it’s working. One item only- it would be supremely arrogant of me to insinuate that we should all live a rural life. I am suggesting that all of us need Nature, some access to trees and wildlife. There are many who are very happy city dwellers, and many millions more who work in cities such as in South Africa who live in breathtaking squalor. What I have seen, heard, smelled, touched and traveled throughout the Third World suggest that life doesn’t improve in cities for many; if anything because of the cost, most are worse off, particularly if they are unskilled and uneducated. The desire for some imaginary good life (lots of versions which we export through our media, and one perfect example was Dallas, the mini series that convinced a great many Fijians that all they had to do was move to America, where the streets are paved with gold, get a gun, which they believed we all carried, and they too would live such a life in mansions and gowns.A dear girl I’d met in Fiji did just that and she was sorely disappointed. She did make it over, scraped out living, got her degree, became a teacher, and moved back to Fiji. She missed the green, the ocean and the island life. That story doesn’t reflect everyone, it just happened to someone close to me. All I suggest here is that Nature heals. And having access to Nature is a fundamental part of our human Nature, and that it’s worth protecting for all of us. It’s neither my place nor my intention to suggest that we should all have farms. I’m not sure how you gleaned that from my piece but it’s not there. Thanks for your comment.

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