Five-Hundred Word Challenge 382: Some Sort of Balance

Where there are hills, there are rises and falls in the landscape that stretch as far as the terrain allows for it to stretch.

Sometimes these lead to various locations of interest, such as the sea, or the mountains. Sometimes they are what make the mountains the mountains.

There is a lush land out there, waiting to be explored by many, and yet should remain as untouched as it has always been, for the introduction of people into an area may lead to its eventual destruction.

At the same time, it may also lead to its fierce protection in order to protect it from being harmed by too many people visiting.

There is always a push and pull top these things, and yet it seems that it seldom shifts to one side or another.

Among these areas of interest are vast habitats and animals yet to be classified, especially in the oceans that run as deep as the mountains are tall, and in some cases far, far deeper.

There is a whole world out there for us to see, and yet far too often we spend too much of our time huddled in the cities, rarely venturing into unfamiliar territory, for the call of the urban life is something that we are far too willing to allow ourselves to be persuaded by.

There needs to be some sort of balance that needs to be struck, for in remaining close to the urban environment only allows us to experience something that is stilted, for outside of this there is far more wonderment to be seen.

Ultimately there needs to be a balance. There is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to stick to an urban environment, but how much is too much? How much should a city spread before we consider it to be detrimental? How much must the natural world be ignored before people start turning around and realising that it is something worth leaving as is instead of developing over?

Being among the bush, the forest, the ocean… it’s a wonderful, awe-inspiring thing to immerse yourself within, but if you do have an enjoyment of the urban environment, then at what point do you realise that you can’t spend all of your time away from the suburbs?

As said, there needs to be a balance found. There’s wonderment in both, but I do think that nature has far more to offer than the urban environment.

Sure, we offer ourselves technology and advancement, but nature has the ability to reward those who do not seek instant gratification and would rather work for something. Nature offers us experiences and places that do not become something that becomes overwhelming due to a flooding of information.

Of course, this is also available in the urban environments, but not nearly to the same extent.

There’s something about nature that, once you start exploring, really pulls you in the further you go.

However, it can be nice to return to the urban after plenty of exploration.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 09:49:90

I started off trying to write fiction and then it became what it became.

I think I could have used words much more efficiently to get what I was saying across, but I hope that this does lead to some thinking.

Written at work.

About Stupidity Hole

I'm some guy that does stuff. Hoping to one day fill the internet with enough insane ramblings to impress a cannibal rat ship. I do more than I probably should. I have a page called MS Paint Masterpieces that you may be interested in checking out. I also co-run Culture Eater, an online zine for covering the arts among other things. We're on Patreon!
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