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    I'm not sure if anyone has ever seen the movie the Beach, but a good portion of the movie is placed in a commune. There is a lot of pretty interesting dynamic between the characters, and by the end it falls apart due to a power struggle. The fantasy dies as a result of greed in tough times. Same idea for hippie communes in the 70's. I thought it was interesting that this movie, which is not real, is actually a pretty good representation for what actually happens in communes of that nature- and of the handful of people I have met that have partaken in similar communes (basically very small alternative (pot loving ) mini societies) - this has always been the case.

    I still want to try it though... ken kesey style.

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    What is your impression of communes?
    They're impractical for large societies.

    Are people in communes generally happier than people in mainstream society?
    Haha, no. They may have different problems, but they're only trading one set for another.

    What do think about the "simple living" lifestyle?
    I like techology. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    They may have different problems, but they're only trading one set for another.
    What new set of problems are they getting?

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    I go to hippy-fests from time to time and as long as I could have space... like a lot of space... it would be ok I guess. I suspect there would generally be less stress and pressure on individuals than the rest of society as the group would tackle problems collectively which isn't a bad thing... did I mention I need space though? Yeah couldn't do it long term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    What new set of problems are they getting?
    For one, they're trading the rat race for reduced privacy. I'm sure there are many others, but I haven't lived in a commune and don't ever plan to.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Communes are just a worse version of capitalism. There, you have to work and for no extra reward. We get much the same effect with the rat race here by the people too stupid to make anything of themselves. Except here, it's a matter of choice.
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    I'm kinda with Ivy. It's a secret fantasy for me. I like the idea of living somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of mainstream society and closer to the Earth. I particularly miss being in an area where you can see the contours of the land. LA is oversaturated. I also like the idea of having my kids educated by people I am close to and can communicate with. A commune, I would think, would be a lot more efficient in many ways because the threat of litigation isn't there to clog systems like medicine, child care, etc. That might sound a little scary, but if done right, it can work well. I'd probably have to find a new job, but teaching and writing and maybe farming, I guess, sounds very very cool to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IlyaK1986 View Post
    Communes are just a worse version of capitalism.
    You mean, commune-ism?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    You mean, commune-ism?
    lol. i didn't want to say anything..

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