That was beautifully expressed Tragickingdom. So many people seem to feel the way you do and there seems to be no way to stop it. It is sad, really.
I remember growing up in a small town in Oregon. As a little girl I dreamt of "escaping" and moving to a big city where everything seemed so much more exciting. Now I am grown and have spent the past 20 years in big cities. My husband and I now are biding our time when we can leave the traffic and urban sprawl of our very own Mordor. It's funny how we come full circle that.
Nice post TragicKingdom [interesting name too].
I like cities for the culture and history, for example, and some have some absolutely stunning architecture [although for me, I'm not a huge fan of modern building design] and beautiful green spaces or gardens, but in general I would not want to live in a city -- at least in a big one -- and if in a 'small' one, or what I would call small anyway, I would want to be near natural spaces.
I consider myself blessed to live surrounded by trees. Many people have remarked that some of my towering trees are 'too close' to my house, but we cannot cut any down until they have certainly died, which so far has only happened to one near, massive oak.
I know Tolkien has inspired me in this arena, as well as others. I have an 'Ent' who stands near my house too -- actually the remains of a tree that reminds me of an ent, but sometimes he looks...
... different :)
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