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The Virtues of Living in the Countryside
Our society worships urban life. Government and developers have been constantly expanding cities to the countryside because of their conviction, which is “better city, better life”. People living in the country try their hardest to get a permanent urban residence certificate or simply leave for the big cities to find jobs.
Wouldn’t any peasant gladly sign with the devil just to be in the city? Isn’t countryside a place to be disliked? Perhaps it sounds strange to say so, but I believe the answer is “No.” Living in the city is often convenient, but living in the countryside has distinct advantages.
When living in the city, you are apt to be obsessed with all kinds of seductions. When I was just a kid, I often went to arcade with my friends to play video games, and was even seduced to Internet bar a couple of times to “keep pace with the fashion”, and actually, there are more other selections you can make for recreation now, for example, KTV, shopping center, and so on. When my father took me to the countryside each week, I felt that I was confronted with the anguish of going to the purgatory because nothing there was as funny and attractive as the things I enjoyed in the city, and I just sat there, like a fool. Sometimes, I even pleaded with my father not to take me to the old house and just let me be home. When he refused me, I would shout and scream at him for being so brutal to let me “get in touch with the nature”, which I didn’t care about at all. How could I stay in a poor, backward place doing nothing when everybody else would be enjoying the fun and convenience of urban life? I would really be mocked and scoffed by my friends when they talked about the games they had played together last week and I had no chance and idea to cut in. But as I grow older, I often wonder how those people manage to tolerate living with…...

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