There are people whose way of perceiving life is extremely connected to nature, that need more than others to live it, to feel it around. Some make choices at the limit of human resistance, and in complete loneliness they move away from the contemporary society. That this represents a symptom of discomfort or a wise decision, is hard to understand. On the one hand, we are all well aware of what means to live according to the rules and the exigencies of the occidental society. Restricted spaces, cars, working obligations, pressures towards life objectives considered essential and fundamental for the existence. Who hasn’t never felt, even for an instant, the desire to escape from everything? Shying away from a project designed even before the own birth and decide for oneself in freedom.

The instinct towards nature

The history of human beings started with a close connection with nature: it was her that nourished, protected and taught. The exponential growth of the global population and the consequent occupation of the ground, took away spaces to the original landscape in order to make it habitable. Once occupied as much territory possible, the Man discovered the possibility to develop upward. And this way, in a very short time he found himself closed in apartments of always smaller dimensions. Human beings have experimented the difficulty of individualism despite living in close contact with several people. Diseases such as anxiety and depression have shown up, meaning the dissatisfaction or a sense of inadequacy relative to the expectations of society. A society that, as we mentioned above, requires a great capacity to satisfy a lifestyle already canned before our existence. So, why calling discomfort the choice to listen to this instinct, surely still alive in our DNA, to rediscover the connection with nature?

The caves of Chiafura, inhabited nature

Until almost seventy years ago, there was an entire neighborhood carved into the rock. Its name is Chiafura, it is located in the municipality of Scigli, in the province of Ragusa. Some of the Chiafura caves belong to the Neolithic The great part of the ones present today, instead, was dug after the fall of the Roman Empire from those who wanted to take shelter. The neighbourhood has been inhabited until the 50’s of the last Century, when it has been evacuated after the fall of a rock. There were small or big caves and the condominium ones, built on multiple floors.

How was life in Chiafura?

It’s true that in Chiafura lived poor people, but, as reminded by some testimonies, they lived a happy life. A life of values and pride. Poors, yes, but not exploited. The essential services, such as electricity, water and sanitary facilities, were missing, but people organized themselves anyway. They were used to go down to the cave of San Bartolomeo to take water, went to relieve themselves near the vegetable garden, combining, as remembers a mister who lived there for years, business with pleasure. There was a strong sense of belonging to a community, the economic status of people united and created solidarity. It was a value, not a disgrace. For many people it was hard to adapt to a new reality, that of the apartment. There was even who, finding himself being assigned an apartment with more rooms, pointed out that one was more than enough. In short, as usually happens to notice, life in the city is rich in money and material goods, but poor in values. Sowhat is the best lifestyle?

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