|Values of Cohousers||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Victoria (victoriatrillium-hollow.org)|
|Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 11:09:51 -0600 (MDT)|
Dear All, Rob said >Its not the goal of cohousing residents to share ownership of their homes, cars or incomes. In fact, the non-sharing of those things is a big atraction to cohousing residents, who tend to be very middle class in their values. Rob, I'm sure you are right given your vast experience with cohousers, that most of us tend to be pretty middle class. Don't forget not to judge a book by it's cover however. For example, I might seem middle class in the sense you mean, since I value independent ownership of my home and it's contents. But scratch the surface and you will find a pretty radical person who values the independence that home ownership brings because her trust in others is limited by past experience. I have vowed that once I left an abusive marriage (and an abusive family before that) never again would I be in someone else's power. So cohousing is as far as I can go right now to meet that goal while at the same time getting the community I crave. Another point - when I was young I was part of an extremely radical community where despite non-middle class values plenty of power was wielded in unpleasant ways. There are reasons that people have evolved values towards indendence from communities and families besides being greedy and competitive. Reasons that include a cultural legacy of incredibly oppressive experiences, particulary for women, children, and minorities, that in my opinion were/are more the rule than the exception. I am thankful that I can move beyond that and am glad others can too. I guess I just want to put a word in for those of us who have figured out how to protect ourselves while at the same time loving community life. Vicky Leary Trillium Hollow
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