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|From: Scott Cowley (scowleyaclis.lib.utah.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 13 Jan 1998 11:42:12 -0600|
Thanks to Pam Silva for unveiling her experience with another classic coho (world) subject: Is a Community there to be "used" ? What are the mitigating factors to be permitted in work responsibilities ? Are children... usually an excuse ? Is your employment exhaustion... usually an excuse ? Is employment commitment... often an excuse ? Do your travel or play interests take precedence at the expense of other community members ? If your answer to any of these is "yes", then gated, exclusive, age- and income-restricted communities are probably a better answer for you. For you, servants, laborers, and maids will therefore remain an essential class. One that is to be perpetuated, and perpetually kept in its place -- by any means necessary. What's new about any of that ? I sure know I didn't get into this joyful process to donate my time to the wealthy and rapacious, either. But if you're honest about it, the personal self-sacrifice of a Cooperative Community does not come naturally to any citizens of the United States! Including us "hippies". It does seem odd to me, though, how far them dang opportunists are allowed to go before they _get educated_. I think I would begin the process before move-in. Then, I think I would start a discussion about what the hell a community is and what this one in particular values. Then, I would attempt to brainstorm the various mitigating factors with everyone, and where to put limits on them. Then the limits and work requirements would go into the legal language of the association. Then, as a jury of peers, encourage and reward those who make the effort, and oust those who won't. Let them return to the "old world" where they can truly find their place. Simple conditioning...meted out with the sensitivity of a caring neighbor. The long term educational thrust might be to move toward some more radical sacrifices, e.g. fewer children, fewer work hours, fewer possessions, less travel, more flexibility, more helpfulness. But a lot of this will come with clarity and trust developed over time. The main thing is to have a community which has survived. At Wasatch CoHousing in SLC, UT, we are just now facing this question. But the whole point of CoHousing, in my opinion, is to learn how to make and run a fair community. And this is a change worth fighting for.
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