Re: 12 Angry Cohousers
From: Berrins (
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 07:43:18 -0600 (MDT)
Good posting, Sheila.  

One of the problems I think we face nowadays, with the highly mobile 
populations we have, is that the subtleties and nuances of language, both 
spoken and body, vary considerably.  The reason we may communicate better if 
our grandparents and parents lived in the same neighborhood is that we truly 
do speak the same language.

Poor communication, then, may occur not because we aren't listening to each 
other but because we're just not getting the nuances of what's being said.  
It's getting worse because there are few, if any, generational neighborhoods 
in the US anymore.  People living in any one neighborhood are more and more 
frequently from many different places.  In cohousing, this is a given; we're 
all from different places!  Hopefully, our cohousing neighborhoods will 
encourage our children to stay and, in a generation or two, they'll all speak 
the same language. 

In the meantime, ever notice how easy it is to talk to folks from other 
cohousing neighborhoods?  Having common experiences has given us a common 
language.  That's pretty cool.

Roger Berman
Northampton, MA

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