|Re: COHOUSING-L digest 728||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Scott Cowley (SCOWLEYalexandria.lib.utah.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 11 Jan 1996 17:32:09 -0600|
Several people have asserted that cohousing is ALL about cooperation and trust. At the risk of using the first person pronoun... First, I don't go around all day long looking for differences and trying to feel superior. I am actually able to enjoy a considerable part of my life suffering-free. And I think that is where Zen can be wrong. Secondly, I extend my trust and cooperativeness to those who I feel have earned it by demonstrating it in themselves to some slight degree. Cooperativeness takes some generosity and faith in general fairness. Trust takes individual integrity and faith in some degree of personal justice. I think cohousing is only SOMEWHAT about creating communities where trust and cooperativeness can be learned and practiced. But I also think that cohousing is more about creating a community where justice and fairness can be learned and practiced. Especially for those living in them. I get real sick of the moralizing about keeping your mitts off of those who would be THE LAST to grant civility to and respect the human rights of those of you who keep defending them. I think enfranchising the greedy in cohousing runs a terrible risk of having the majority of good folks victimized by the lowest common denominator. To the person who keeps ordering us to "grow up": One of the first jobs of growing up is opening your eyes.
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