Diversity in the garden
From: David Davenport (daviddavenportmindspring.com)
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:36:06 -0800 (PST)
Thinking about this some more, I want my community to be like a garden. I want 
my garden to be clean and well-kept. I want lots of flowers. But not all of the 
same kind of flowers - that would be boring. I want roses and petunias and 
tulips and flowers that I don't know the names of. I want the flowers to all 
smell nice (I know, nice is subjective) and I don't want one smell to 
over-power the others. I don't want weeds (unless they have nice flowers) and I 
certainly don't want poison ivy and its cousins. Vegetables are welcome and a 
variety of even those I don't eat. That is the diversity that I want.

Dave  

-----Original Message-----
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cohousing.org] On Behalf Of Gerald Manata via Cohousing-L
Sent: Thursday, November 24, 2016 1:37 PM
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Cc: Gerald Manata <gmanata2003 [at] yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Are some ideas wrong? and do you really value diversity


I think I would like to jump in on this conversation. The primary reason that 
people, certainly my neighbors, moved into cohousing is that they knew that 
they would be surrounded with people more like themselves, in other words, 
basically liberal democrats. A cohousing complex is relatively speaking, a very 
undiverse place and that is the way people, consciously or unconsciously, want 
it. It is an ethic of liberal democrats to say they want diversity so that is 
why they publicly say it. Diversity is great, indeed very necessary, in a mass 
society, but not in a cohousing complex. Cohousing is an INTENTIONAL community 
created and composed of like minded people. The only way to operate consensus 
democracy is if everyone is basically on the same page to begin with.  
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On Wed, 11/23/16, Virgil Huston <virgil.huston1955 [at] gmail.com> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Are some ideas wrong? and do you really value diversity
 To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org
 Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 5:40 PM
 
 
 I am
 with you (and this thread will probably get deleted). The  hate  from the left 
over the election (I  didn't vote for Trump OR Hillary)  is the  worst I have 
ever seen. To the point I am pretty sure I  will  not be a good fit for a 
cohousing  community where my unorthodox  opinion on  politics (Libertarian 
would best describe it, but truly  independent and doesn't fit either Democrat  
or Republican orthodoxy).
 This makes me sad,
 but better to know now than after I have made an  investment.
 
 Seriously, this stuff needs to be talked about  and shouldn't get  deleted. 
What I have  seen is what is essentially an ideological test  for many 
communities.
 
 Virgil
 
 On Wed,
 Nov 23, 2016 at 10:55 AM, Ty Albright <tmalbright [at] verizon.net>
 wrote:
 >
 > I must
 share my frustration about some of the comments recently  made on this  > list 
in reaction to the  recent election.
 >
 >
 >
 >
 Possibly because I live in "fly over" country and  arguably participate in a  
> different  "culture" my opinions are different from many who  live in other  
> parts of the country.
 >
 >
 >
 > However I can tell
 you that the tone of many of these discussions are  > offensive and 
demonstrate the lack of  inclusion and diversity that many  > claim  to be 
seeking and promote as desirable.
 >
 >
 >
 > The suggestion that
 because of the election suddenly we now need to deal  > with people who are 
racist, white  supremacist, and this or that phobia is  >  nuts.  The suggested 
concern being expressed by some about  how they hope  > that those types of  
people don't move into my community or how could we  get  > along with people 
who have such  wrong ideas is hypocritical.
 >
 >
 >
 >
 I believe the more important question is do you really value  inclusion.  Can  
> you live with others  even if they do not share your personal political  > 
beliefs?  Apparently we live in a country  divided on political beliefs; so  > 
should  there be a test so only those who agree with your views (and  not the  
> wrong views) are allowed to  live in your community?
 >
 >
 >
 >
 Wake up and smell the coffee people.  People who disagree  with your world  > 
view are everywhere,  and walk amongst you (this applies to everyone  > 
regardless of your views).  You don't  have to agree politically or be  > 
friends  with your neighbor, but if you want community you should  be  > 
inclusive and to be a good  neighbor.  Stop assuming the sky is falling.
 >
 >
 >
 > p.s. for those who
 need to know - I did not vote for Trump, but he is now  > our president-elect 
and I still like my  neighbors.
 >
 >
 >
 > Ty - in Dallas
 >
 > Ty Albright Project
 Management
 > Little Red Hen LLC
 > 214-336-7952
 >
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 www.linkedin.com/in/tmalbright
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