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|From: MJWB (mjwyoginiyahoo.com)|
|Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 05:45:40 -0700 (PDT)|
Hi folks! You know, this has been bothering me. Many (not all) of the Cohousing Communities we have explored have this attitude of "we're too expensive for you, no apologies, or explanations, it is what it is" Hmmmm....that attitude bothers me on many levels because it doesn't always take into consideration active ways to correct the non-affordability of so many Cohousing Communities. Ok, for the sake of fairness, I won't name the community exactly, but one in New Hampshire used to state on it's website something to the tune of "we realize our community is not affordable for some people, and we haven't found a solution" (how hard did they try? It's frightfully expensive there, and New Hampshire taxes are sky high!) The attitude of some Cohousers, once they find that you really can't afford their units, is mainly aloof. I really don't like saying this but it's out now, it's something I've noticed at some places for a long time, and it's not a welcoming or warm environment. Of course, there are also many where the people are warm and inviting. I guess we just haven't "felt the love" at others. I guess that maybe people who have many many inquires at some Cohousing get sort of "jaded" and also feel hurt when it doesn't work out for people who can't afford because maybe their "heart strings" have been pulled as well with involvement. But that doesn't preclude the fact that current Cohousing resident should DO something active to change the situation, unless they truly don't care about people who can't afford it and remain exclusive instead. I really like this quote that was sent in the list serv: It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community -- a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the earth. ~Thich Nhat Hanh And also this one: "You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - Buckminster Fuller So, Maybe I've been barking up the wrong tree. We do, I think, need to build a new model and make the existing model obsolete! Inspiring.............. ________________________________
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