Urban Life

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
An observation of modern urban life

Submitted: September 11, 2014

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~~Urban living, modern living, a city of 10 million people, how did we get here? A question perhaps too broad in scope but it was one worth pondering from time to time. The traces of civilization are all around us, the development of humans living together can be seen everywhere. From the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia and development of the very first technologies such as the wheel, to the Roman Empire who contributed so much to the advancement of western civilization and to the modern European city that has been built on the booty of empire. London is one such place where all the traits of human civilization can be observed. It is a complex body of its own and one that creates a confusing multi-layered reality.
We have always been a social species, a communal species. From our very earliest footsteps on the planet, we have felt that need to be amongst other members of our species. We have been nurtured, cared for and taught. Not only by our family but by an extended family of relatives. This extended family formed the very basis of a community. This community joined with other extended families to form larger communities as people’s need to communicate and rely on one another increased. In times of hardship, people felt the desire and need to come together for mutual interests and benefits. This mutual sharing gave rise to the shared values and religious beliefs that we see evident in almost every culture around the world. This small scale communal living made sense and still makes sense. What becomes slightly perplexing is when one examines a modern mass community such as a city like London, where 10 million people live for apparently mutual benefit. However, it appears that the vast majority are total strangers to one another. Somehow, they share a space, their lives are interconnected in some way but that human connection is no longer there. The old ideas of community are breaking down, being worn away. People are filling a gap in their lives by other means; social media, computer games, better cars, better homes, better things in the homes, mobiles, iPads, ipods, blackberries, televisions, better televisions….. the list goes on. On the surface it would appear that we are improving things for ourselves, making our lives easier and more comfortable, but I cannot help thinking, are we losing out, are we missing something?
 


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