|Re: Affordability -- a new leaf <FWD>||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David G Adams (dadamsworld.std.com)|
|Date: Fri, 19 Aug 94 10:15 CDT|
Nancy said (via Fred) > This is just a fact of life, the way things are set up in this country. I > we don't like it, we'll have to change the system (what am I saying? I > must be crazy! There's *no* *way* I'll take on the system after going > through building a cohousing community! ;-) > For me, one of the cool things of living in a coho community is that (I hope) the group synergy and close knit ties will allow more effective activism for those who choose to be activist. We at Cornerstone have discussed fielding town meeting members, making the local school better though force of will (rather than running off to the Waldorf School), and generally being an environmental / social justice voice in our town. For those living in existing communities, is this just wishful thinking, or has anyone had success with this sort of group activity? I feel like I'm putting off social action responsibilities by concentrating on cohousing, but I think the cohousing experience has the potential to pay off dividends socially in the future. It's sort of a platform on which to build a more meaningful, involved life. I fully understand the desire to settle in at home once the huge undertaking of building your community is done. Reap the rewards. But don't entirely give up on changing the system. I saw a bumper sticker yesterday that said "Subvert the Dominant Paradigm". To a certain extent, that's what all this is about. I'm not suggesting that Nancy (or any one person) could have a significant impact on the banking system. I'm thinking that coho groups could have a mostly local impact. But, when you take the people on this cohousing list, add in their comrades, their local cohousing networks, etc, we as a loose associate could trigger thousands of letters written to key congresspeople, and over a period of time, we might get the system to recognize and validate our model. This could especially have a major positive impact on the lives of people in public housing, as the model becomes recognized as a better alternative. So, am I just dreaming again, or could this list be used for political purposes? I of course mean political purposes that are closely related to the subject of cohousing. Do people want to use it for such purposes? Dave Cornerstone ______________________________________________ |\/\/\/| David G. Adams |____ | U4 Consulting OO ) | Arlington, MA ( | dadams [at] world.std.com | | CompuServe: 72630,1374 ______________________________________________
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