The other more important reason for Communities
I enjoy framing the discussion of the importance of community in large terms. People pay attention when i talk about this life style being the solution to climate change. It also feels highly relevant while people are moaning about how it is impossible to work on this issue. But there is a far more important reason to be building community, and i don’t write about it much. And i have been especially hit by it recently. Community heals people. We get all kinds of people and a fair few of them have rough histories. For lots of these people community represents the first time they can start trusting the people around them on a regular basis. Community represents stability in its most accessible form. If you can just figure out how to do quota you can stay and all your needs are met. And there are lots of people who will help you make quota. Community also encourages people to step up and take responsibility and organize things and we do a pretty good job of encouraging members and interns to feel invited into these more complex tasks. For many it is the first time they have felt really safe walking home at night alone. i’ve had the good fortune to become close with someone who had an impossibly ugly history before they got here. And watching them bloom in the context of safety, intimacy and trust is a truly amazing gift. And it powerfully reminds me what is so often missing for so many people in the mainstream.