False dichotomies – Party Bus versus Social Experiment
There is a culture skirmish going on here at Acorn. My theory is this is likely in any group of more than a couple dozen people which is not strongly bound by a unifying philosophy (as most spiritual communities have). The major axis of this division is the “structure versus flexibility” schism.
Acorn identifies as an anarchist community. But if you think this means chaos rules, you have been reading the New York Times too much. There are as many flavors of anarchism as there are of Christianity, and equally diverse forms.
But i dont want to talk about the major divisions in this post, because i have not formulated my thoughts well enough to decide if i agree with the radical “wave/particle paradox” interpretation which has been proposed. Instead i want to review another axis of ideology which was recently proposed. The Party Bus versus Social Experiment spectrum.
The party bus clan says we do our work, we live full rich lives, we enjoy each others company, we party hard and we don’t have to prove anything to anyone. The social experiment worldview says “Things are messed up and unsustainable in the mainstream, communities like Acorn need to be models of something much better. They need to prove that a different life is possible, without the tremendous tax on the environment and the souls of the population.” No one thinks this place is perfect, but most of us believe that it is so much better than what is generally out there, that we won’t permanently leave unless forced to. It is that good.
i believe this is a false dichotomy. i party as hard as the next guy (i am a funologist after all), but this takes nothing away from the social experiment. In fact, from my perspective it is central to it. If we are going to “win” this struggle (lets say turn back from the edge), we need to build the better party. Parties, festivals, social gatherings, performances and spontaneous gatherings are hooks that keep this meme operating.
About paxusa funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.
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