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Rural People are Smart People

25/June/2021

The most amazing thing about living in a rural area is that by travelling a short distance you can see some spectacular views and you can meet some friendly critters along the way (And a few not so friendly critters). 

A lot of our time is spent socialising with our friendship circle in amazing surroundings.  Yes, we work, but our lives are not totally focused on our work, or they should not be.  We ensure that we take the time to practice good community relations.  We understand what the word community really means.  This is what ‘living rural’ has a greater capacity to facilitate than living in a city.

The sense of priority in rural areas is different and that is a good thing, not a bad thing.  

My Grandad used to travel a lot and he often said he was glad to return to Eden (Cardwell) to his wife, Eve (my grandma’s name was actually Eva).  Growing up ‘rural’, you have access to the natural environment in ways that are not available in the city (unless you make a lot of coin).

One of the concerns I often hear is that people who live in cities, people who have limited, to no access to the natural environment, are the people making decisions for the people who live and work in the natural environment every day.

When I did my degree, we knew that theory informs practice, but that they are different, and when you finish your studies and are out working in the field, you will find that you do not use most of the theory in which you have been trained because it does not always work in practice.  You will then learn how the theory is adapted to fit into the practical working culture. 

I agree that people who live in the city should not make the decisions for people who live in the natural environment as they do not have the practical experience to ensure that their theories actually work and are fit for purpose. 

I am sure that everyone the city who has completed a degree and then gone to work in their chosen profession would understand that there is a difference between the theoretical knowledge they learnt and how that was applied to their working environment. 

I wonder why they would think that their theoretical “academic” knowledge would work in a rural environment when they have never worked in any practical way to see how the theory applies in an operational way?

Do they believe that the people who work practically on the land are somehow dumber than those who have been trained in theory in a city?

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