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    Default Communes: What do you think about them?

    What is your impression of communes? Are people in communes generally happier than people in mainstream society? What do think about the "simple living" lifestyle?

    I probably will never live in one, but who knows... I find the subject very interesting.

    Commune (intentional community - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
    Rethinking the Commune
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    Really depends on what philosophy is guiding the particular commune, you know?
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    Yeah, these are the kind of communes I had in mind:

    * Egalitarian communities
    * Eastern religious communes
    * Christian Communities
    * Psychological communities (based on mystical or gestalt principles)
    * Rehabilitational communities (see Synanon)
    * Cooperative communities
    * Alternative-family communities
    * Countercultural communities
    * Political communities
    * Spiritual communities

    ..the standard "hippie" style commune, not cult communes and ones with other bizarre philosophies..

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    I have fantasized about living in one. It would have to be introvert-friendly, though, and not based on a religion OR exclusive of religion. But when I had children I more fully realized the benefits of tribal living. We've cobbled together a little tribe with family/friends/educators/etc, but it would be very nice to draw it in, location-wise. Our net is thrown pretty widely at the moment.
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    Cooperatives are probably the best out of that list.

    I think as a rule for all communes, they are unfortunately ruined by the fact that modern society has expanded out in a way that no commune can really escape its influence. The result is that we'll never know how they would work on their own, because they'll always be "contaminated" by society, generally for the worse.
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    I wouldn't do it, it's too...I don't know what the word is. It's too loose.
    I think the discomfort and having to share stuff and what not is good for character-building, but maybe with a bit more structure and clean hair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Cooperatives are probably the best out of that list.

    I think as a rule for all communes, they are unfortunately ruined by the fact that modern society has expanded out in a way that no commune can really escape its influence. The result is that we'll never know how they would work on their own, because they'll always be "contaminated" by society, generally for the worse.
    How are most communes contaminated by society in your eyes?

    There seems to be lots of successful communes in existence today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bella View Post
    I wouldn't do it, it's too...I don't know what the word is. It's too loose.
    I think the discomfort and having to share stuff and what not is good for character-building, but maybe with a bit more structure and clean hair.
    The kind of commune I would be interested in would allow personal property and individual living space, but members would cooperate in childcare, food prep, and things like that. Really more practical things, the philosophy would be left up to the individual. And I would still wash my hair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bella View Post
    I wouldn't do it, it's too...I don't know what the word is. It's too loose.
    I think the discomfort and having to share stuff and what not is good for character-building, but maybe with a bit more structure and clean hair.
    They aren't all "loose" I don't think. I'm reading about one that's fairly structured and even has a 42 hour work week. Twin Oaks Community - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia , but one of their core values is feminism, so they're obviously not you...

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