|Differences in income/work effort are OK||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousemail.msn.com)|
|Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2000 07:59:22 -0700 (MST)|
In the recent threads about work, servants, etc. there is a common notion which I would like to try to debunk, the notion that it has to be equal. Baloney! Insisting upon equality of contribution is not necessarily a good thing, and making the lowest common equal denominator of money or time the balancing point is a bad idea. Let those with more time, interest, energy and money do more. Its ok. It works out best if you get good at saying thank you when people contribute. Encourage donations. Encourage unbridled volunteerism and don't get hung up that everybody has to do the same amount or pay the same amount. People who whine about it being unfair should just stop contributing more than they want to. Encourage those who do, to step up. It should be OK for the group to pass the hat and then count up what you get, then ask for more and see what you get. You might be surprised. If you measure common element success by the hours of use, then the playground at Sharingwood is clearly our most successful common element. The entire cost and energy to build it came from volunteer donations of money ($600) and time. But I can count on the fingers of my hands who was involved. And it does not matter in the least to the children, they just share the happiness of having it, and that, is what matters. When you can give service to another, and do so truly anonymously, where you honestly expect no return, nor any recognition, then you have acheived a big step towards enlightenment, and the world changes and becomes better. Rob Sandelin Northwest Intentional Communties Association Building a better society, one neighborhood at a time
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