|Re: Work levels||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Catherine Harper (tylikeskimo.com)|
|Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 15:25:11 -0600|
On Wed, 14 Jan 1998, Jerry McIntire wrote: > Scott Cowley wrote, essentially, make everyone agree to do an equal share of > the work and get rid of them if they don't. Is that what he wrote? (I'm questioning, not disputing -- I read the post a couple of different times, and ended up not responding msotly because I wasn't really sure what he was trying to say.) > Nice in theory? Agreeing on what > should be done is not likely at all, since: A. agreement on such details > when a group is buying/planning/building is low on the agenda B. > Definitions of cleanliness and frequency needs vary widely C. It doesn't > work in the planning and building stages, why would it later? People who > have different standards and time availability don't necessarily want to > perpetuate the servant class or live in gated communities. Well, I really lost the sense of it when it went to perpetuating the servant class. But then perhaps its just because I'm such a damn yuppy, or something. I think it's been mentioned before ;-) > How about changes in people's lives? They happen. How about differences in > ability? If we do have age-diverse communities, who wants to force > octogenarians out for work parties? Not that many of them can't participate, > but all of them? Of the things on the list, the one that I kind of tripped over was work. I have a fairly high pressure job -- not a complaint, just an observation. I work hard, and like contributing, but my job does influence how much time I have available in a pretty major way. So should I just go for the gated community? (Hell, I've seriously considered hiring a housekeeper, though I haven't yet done so -- I like doing housework, but sometimes there aren't enough hours in the day. I have in the past hired a landscaper -- well, okay, I bought her a hardwood floor for her cabin, and she happens to be one of my best friends, but you get the idea. Damn, there I go with this servant class thing again...) > I appreciated the attitude expressed earlier on this list, that for a > close-knit community to succeed, member's contributions, at whatever varied > level they come in, can be appreciated. It's not going to work if an > absolute equality of participation is required. And absolute equality of participation often is very hard to measure, also. I am a very good cook, and enjoy cooking -- I cook to relax, and like feeding others. If I have the time, I'll often spend the whole day preparing something fairly elaborate, just for fun -- is one meal for everyone credited the same as any other meal, or do I get to keep track of things on an hourly basis? I also like gardening -- and at what point does gardening stop being "work for the community" and become me pursuing my personal hobby, whether it is in the community garden or no? (And, as I don't currently live in a cohousing community, I don't have a community garden, and oh my heavens I've been wishing I did, as I've been struggling to get our fairly substantial gardens ready for planting all on my lonesome. In the rain!) (Another example of problems measuring time -- when Craig and I first moved in together, it would take him an hour to wash a batch of dirty dishes that would take me twenty minutes. Should he work longer, or I work more? Our answer is that I do work more... but he has gotten a fair bit speedier.) On the other hand, my schedule can be a little whacky (especially since I carpool with my husband most days, and his schedule can also be a bit whacky). So I might not make all the work parties. And, there are certain jobs I'm physically unable to do, or to do much of. (And others, I admit, that I avoid. I think one of the reasons I like to cook so much is that it's so often been a great bargaining chip with various roommates.) Catherine
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