The economy is different. You want to make money and move to a city,
This is a relatively new phenomenon,
from what I gather.
It used to be 45% independent farmers here,
6 years ago.
I would imagine that number is greatly reduced now?.
Proper country people
Hermann Hesse had a dream/ideal,
to live like real country people,
the noble savage,
to live off the the land
and to be independent.
Now Hesse, was a suburbanite and when he was older realised that he had been torturing himself with this "perfect world" and everything was second best to what it could be.
I don't know if I am explaining this well but it left quite an impression on me.
The bottom line is be happy with what you got, country life is not for everyone.
Cites are harder to defend, when talking in such grand terms but I love'em.
Even though they do my head in, have I made myself completely misunderstood? ha ha ha