Cities are wonderful places. Though I grew up on an Iowa farm and still have relatives and investments in rural areas, I would not want to live on a farm or in a small town again.
Cities are facsinating because they are filled with illusions, just like religion. In religion, people want to hear they don’t have to die. When they here this from someone they trust, they glop on to this notion. They do so even though the messenger may not be trustworthy at all.
In throwing their loyalty to religions that guarantee life after death, people throw their time and money away. There is no evidence of this life after death–they would be better off focusing on what good they could accomplish in this life.
In cities, the shaman tells residents, “You can have the advantages of living in a city, the opportunities to find work, access to entertainment and good education for your children and still live as if you were in the countryside. We have this wonderful thing called the freeway which you can use to drive from the suburbs into the central city.”
The the shaman’s trick is to divert attention from the fact that if his sweet sounding words appeal to one person, they may appeal to most everyone. In Detroit, as freeways filled up, they were expanded.
The city emptied out into the suburbs and there were not enough people to pay for all the infrastructure demanded by commuters. I think a Detroit without freeways would be solvent today.