Cities must go to villages
How do you visualize a village?
The vision of a village, in your mind, may depend on where you come from or where you travelled. For many globe trotters, it may be a post card village of Europe or America, it may be an Asian village of Nepal, Bhutan, China or an African village of Nigeria.
Many thinkers in the emerging economies often feel that urbanization is an evil against the mother nature and the entire humanity must habitat in the villages.
“Instead of villagers coming to cities, the cities must go to the villages. Towns emerge when economic activity becomes necessary among a sufficiently large group of people, or around big institutional activities like factories, universities, railway stations, highways depots, and so on. – Debraj Mookerjee
“There is a beautiful village in every country.”
– Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind
“In the great cities we see so little of the world, we drift into our minority. In the little towns and villages there are no minorities; people are not numerous enough. You must see the world there, perforce. Every man is himself a class; every hour carries its new challenge. When you pass the inn at the end of the village you leave your favourite whimsy behind you; for you will meet no one who can share it. We listen to eloquent speaking, read books and write them, settle all the affairs of the universe. The dumb village multitudes pass on unchanging; the feel of the spade in the hand is no different for all our talk: good seasons and bad follow each other as of old. The dumb multitudes are no more concerned with us than is the old horse peering through the rusty gate of the village pound. The ancient map-makers wrote across unexplored regions, ‘Here are lions.’ Across the villages of fishermen and turners of the earth, so different are these from us, we can write but one line that is certain, ‘Here are ghosts.’ (“Village Ghosts”)”
– W.B. Yeats, The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore