On Starting a Commune
by MW Cook
I first starting thinking about it after leaving college. Because dorm life was so fun. It was so fun that I just couldn’t understand why we quit doing it.
My wife thought the same thing.
So why live alone? Why create a single-spaced hole when it’s just so much more fun to live with others?
So we took a step forward. We convinced a friend to move in with us.
It was glorious. It brightened our lives.
We’re taking the next step today.
Three families. One apartment.
A test of intimate community.
A sounding of life-rythms.
For life is a journey that no family needs to walk alone.
Back to dorm-life.
Back to Acts-living.
People look at me funny when I tell them. I guess I understand that. Living in community is so very rare on this side of the ocean that people automatically assume things about poison kool-aid and stuff. It’s too bad, though. Because sharing life tends to give birth to a more abundant type of life. A deeper, realer life. A more natural life. Because we have not evolved to live sequestered away in cells, cut off from our fellow-man. No. We are made to be together. That’s one of the reasons why, I think, we suffer from so much anxiety and mental stress in the West. We are alone in this artificial sea of people.
Is it frustrating to live in a community? Is it hard to balance the life-rythms of others? Is it difficult to adapt to the strange habits and personalities of complex people? Yes.
But it’s better than living alone.
Because when there are people, there is love.
And nothing beats love.
I hope your communal adventure is an enjoyable and meaningful one. I love hearing about this journey you are on! For the reasons you suggested (importance of love, increased connectedness with others) and additional ones (sharing resources, united mission, etc) we have been living in varying stages of intentional community for almost 25 years. We began with co-purchasing land and living in separate houses, but then have had people live in our house with us for the past 12 years. We are currently living intentionally with 6 people (in addition to Deb and I). They are from 4 different countries and speak a total of 9 different languages. It is difficult and wonderful. Blessings to you!
It sounds great Matt…..God has a way of sharpening and shaping us by using people. I know that to be true in my own life. May He bless, strengthen and use you in this new venture. Hugs !!!!!
I’m jealous, you know that.
Does this mean John is coming to Canada? Booya!