Country mouse and city mouse

The city and the countryside dream city

He also had a pantry where he stored food for the winter. He could always find fruits, seeds and something tasty to eat. The best thing about living in the country was that he could climb trees, lie in the sun in summer and meet many other animals who, over time, had become good friends.

– I am very grateful for your hospitality,” said the city mouse, “but I am surprised that you are happy with so little. I would like you to come to my house and see that it is possible to live more comfortably and surrounded by luxuries.

So it was that they went back out for supplies. They crept up to the table full of delicacies, but horror! … The housekeeper appeared with a large broom in her hand and began to chase them around the room ready to give them a few good whacks. The mice ran away and arrived at the cave with their tongues hanging out from all that running.

– The truth is that everything was delicious, I had never eaten so well! But I’m going to tell you something, my friend, and don’t take this the wrong way. You have everything any mouse could want. You’re surrounded by luxuries and swimming in plenty, but I could never live like that, all day nervous and worried about getting caught. I prefer the simple life and peace and quiet, even if I have to live with just enough.

The congress of the mice

He also had a pantry where he stored food for the winter. He could always find fruits, seeds and something tasty to eat. The best thing about living in the country was that he could climb trees, lie in the sun in summer and meet many other animals who, over time, had become good friends.

– I am very grateful for your hospitality,” said the city mouse, “but I am surprised that you are happy with so little. I would like you to come to my house and see that it is possible to live more comfortably and surrounded by luxuries.

So it was that they went back out for supplies. They crept up to the table full of delicacies, but horror! … The housekeeper appeared with a large broom in her hand and began to chase them around the room ready to give them a few good whacks. The mice ran away and arrived at the cave with their tongues hanging out from all that running.

– The truth is that everything was delicious, I had never eaten so well! But I’m going to tell you something, my friend, and don’t take this the wrong way. You have everything any mouse could want. You’re surrounded by luxuries and swimming in plenty, but I could never live like that, all day nervous and worried about getting caught. I prefer the simple life and peace and quiet, even if I have to live with just enough.

The ugly duckling

– Cousin, what a pleasant surprise! The life I lead in the country is pretty quiet, I always find myself looking forward to your coming to visit. I could spend all day listening to your tales of city life. Come in, come on in, tell me what’s new!”

– “Poor you… You must lead a very hard life, I guess this is so, since the best you have to offer is a cheese rind, I think I’ll leave as soon as possible. Would you like to come with me for a few days, the city is a mind-blowing place!”

– “I must say that I don’t need that much excitement. Replied the field mouse. Certainly my life is boring, but at least it’s safe. As soon as the coast is clear, I’ll go back to the country and stay there forever.”

The tortoise and the hare

Once again, Aesop’s fable: eternal return or groundhog’s day, however we want to understand it. The tension between the countryside and the city feeds phenomena such as nativism among those who are least adapted to globalization, while the cities mobilize resources to counteract the reactionary vote of the population alien to their dynamism.

Cities concentrate greater purchasing power and educational level, as well as diversity and tolerance. As a rule, large urban centers have a younger population that is prepared both to take advantage of new technologies and to adapt to major transformations.

Urban cosmopolitanism also translates into distrust of the reactionary vote (but not of the anti-establishment vote), a phenomenon that can be graphically verified by observing two maps that highlight the electoral results in the two aforementioned electoral contests, which are contrary to the interests of the urban population:

Disenchantment in the face of an ideological and programmatic vacuum of the major parties has lent itself to caricaturization by the most skillful, who have made use of new tools such as social networks to, by means of techniques worthy of the propaganda agitation of other eras, call for a supposed “vote against the elites.”