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  •  Just now getting around to reading this. (3+ / 0-)
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    Very interesting.  There is a modified co-housing arrangement close to where I live that is the converted former main living facilities for the Love Israel Children when they were a thriving community.  I had the fortune of playing drums for them for a few weeks and visited their communal farm in Arlington, Washington about 33 years ago.  I also was inside their facilities close to where I live.  One of these days I should write about that experience!  

    It is sad but there are plenty of "neighbors" that we never interact with.  

    I teach immigrants and refugees and that is one of their main observations about this country.  How everybody is shut up in their homes with little or no interaction with each other on a day to day basis.  It is a foreign concept to most of them.  I recall one Somali woman who said in class one night.  "The biggest difference living in this country from my native Somalia is that here I can't count on other Somalians helping me."  

    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

    by John Crapper on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 10:41:15 PM PDT

    •  That's a really crucial poin, John, (1+ / 0-)
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      that it seems to be no longer in our cultural DNA to develop close relationships with our neighbors. That's of course not true in all cases, but generally speaking we've taken independence to a whole new level.

      So in some ways the very idea of intentional cohousing is a reaction to that isolation and loneliness that comes from the hyper independence we've created, which for some simply has gone too far. But not everyone is going to be able to commit to something that binding, so I think the big other part of the healing process is to create more community within our existing neighborhoods. That's where block parties and garage sales and things like that can be really great ice breakers.

      Btw, I didn't know you are a drummer. When we meet we'll have to have a jam session.

      Ecology is the new Economy

      by citisven on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 08:37:59 AM PDT

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