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The inverse relationship of beauty and population

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[Today’s run: 2.5 miles]

My wife took a trip last year on the Al-Can highway. She says it is beautiful.  The people are very sparse there.

For awhile my family and I lived in the mountains in Colorado.  Colorado has a healthy population but the people mostly live in a corridor along the front of the mountains, not the most beautiful places.

So it makes one wonder what the relationship is between population and beauty.  It seems to be an inverse relationship.

Someone might explain it by saying that the people despoil the beauty; that having the population causes a place to no longer be beautiful.  Maybe there is something to that.  But I don’t think it is a complete explanation.

In my experience, the beautiful places are also difficult places to live.  I get to thinking that the problem is really the conception of beauty.  High mountains are beautiful.  Deserts are beautiful.  Wide open plains are beautiful.  Sea shores are beautiful.  All of those places are awe-inspiring, and dangerous.  They are not really the best for healthy living.

 

 

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