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April 23, 2007

Questions in the Wake of a Massacre

James on April 24, 2007 07:25 PM EST writes:
rural Americans are wilder?

"...rural Americans are a little less conditioned and a little wilder than their highly socialized counterparts on the coasts."

I agree with most of your assertions, but I can't buy that rural life somehow predisposes people to be "wilder" than their ýhighly socializedý coastal counterparts.

If anything, I suspect that a smaller population might lead outcasts to feel more ostracized than social misfits in more populated coastal areas who may have more luck finding a place to belong and others who are accepting of whatever it is that society at large is unwilling to accept.

As a costal resident (Seattle) who grew up in the South in not-quite-rural America (Chattanooga, TN) and who, like most, experienced varying degrees of bullying, angst, etc. without responding violently, I find the suggestion that I was somehow ýless conditionedý or ýwilderý than, say my wife, who was born and raised here in Seattle, at best silly and at worst a mild form of urban elitism.
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