Yesterday I heard about a “graduate student instructor” at Berkeley who seems to be drinking too much kool-aid and I hope other rural Americans are taking note.
This “instructor” had quite a bit to say and most of it can be found here but the part that brought my blood to a boil was this:
I unironically embrace the bashing of rural Americans. They, as a group, are bad people who have made bad life decisions. Some, I assume are good people. But this nostalgia for some imagined pastoral way of life is stupid and we should shame people who aren’t pro-city.
Bad life decisions? Bad people? Shame those who are not pro-city? All of this simply because we have different lifestyles. Now, it seems, thinking differently, acting differently, living a different way of life but harming no one is deserving of “bashing”!
His words would be comical except (1) parent and grandparents are paying hard earned money to send children and grandchildren into some of these dens of liberalism/socialism that we now call colleges; and (2) many of the young people hearing this have never spent a week on grandma’s farm, gathering eggs, picking fresh tomatoes, listening to the cicadas sing at night and they will unequivocally believe these and therein lies the indoctrination of the future of this country!
When we left our last home in town, we promised ourselves we’d never live in town again. No more dogs barking all night right under our bedroom window; no more horns honking and loud music just after I’d fallen asleep; no one telling us what we could or could not do on our own property.
You may remember how hard it was to find a place when we got to Texas but we knew what we wanted and, that’s one of the reasons it’s so hard to leave, even though I want to be closer to the granddaughter and Vince wants to be on a lake. We love our life here.
I would love to know what the “instructor” feels is a good quality life. I’m definitely not saying you have to live in rural America to have a quality life but I am saying what constitutes a good quality of life for one doesn’t mean everyone has to agree and that, sir, is what America is all about!
We are not bad people! Yes, he said “They, as a group . . ” and he didn’t say “every individual” is bad. He even went so far as to assume there may be some good people in rural America. I can think of dozens of people we’ve met here who live a rural existence and I can’t think of a single “bad” person. Look at Vince . . a child of immigrant parents; who earned a full scholarship to Georgia Tech, then earned Masters degrees from Clemson and Tulane; worked every day of his life until he retired, never has had a run in of any kind with the law . . has he made “bad life decisions”? Well, he did marry me so let’s just answer that one with “maybe”! 🙂
When I think of the people who live in our immediate area, there’s a doctor, a retired successful business owner, several corporate executives who have retired in this area, there are teachers and insurance agents, many of whom work day jobs and come home and take care of land and animals and families. We are all good people who mind our own business, take care of our own and don’t expect anything from anyone . . other than to be left alone.
For those of you reading this, some of you are city folks, some are rural . . way more rural than we are. Don’t think because you’re living in a city, this particular guy’s rant doesn’t affect you. The way of life we once lived is over! People no longer know how to “live and let live”. If someone disagrees with someone else, whether it’s where they live, the size of their home, or the color or their shoes, it can lead to anything . . from harsh words to violence.
We had all better learn to take a stand, and stand up for those who are being ridiculed, maligned or whatever may be happening because no matter how much you try to not “rock the boat”, they’re coming for you too. Some of these people are not going to be happy until everyone is in lockstep with them and their beliefs.
I am proud of our lifestyle. I am proud of the people we are. I am proud of all the hardworking, honest, kind people who live around me and I wouldn’t trade my life today for any other way of living! Every time I think we’ll move somewhere closer to the family, I walk outside and realize this is the best place for us. It’s the lifestyle we’ve dreamed of having and I think if more people actually knew what they wanted in life, worked hard to get it and worked hard to keep it, things might be different.
The one thing I do know is that we, either individually or as a group (those around us) are NOT bad people and we have NOT made bad life decisions.
Whatever resources this guy thinks are being expended on rural Americans, he just might want to do a bit of cost comparisons on what it’s costing these days to keep some of the worst of the worst cities afloat!