Today’s Communes: Intentional Communities
// Posted by Bridget on 01/30/2012 (4:48 PM)
In a 2007 USA Today article, author Judy Keen writes about today’s communes, claiming in her title “Thriving communities no haven for ‘deadbeats’ “. While hippies of the 60s and 70s are largely associated with drugs and free love, the people living on communes today are far from those categories. In fact,
“Environmentally conscious living for people of all ages is the new ethos. Even the label ‘communes’ has fallen from favor. Call them ‘intentional communities.’ “
These intentional communities do resemble the older hippie communes with the following: a “longing to get back to the Earth…a nostalgia for peace”. Indeed, these intentional communities hold nature very essential to their existence, keeping farming at the center with eco-friendly practices in place.
Many of the members of these intentional communities actually have jobs in towns or cities apart from their homes, demonstrating the co-existence of the technology-rich urban atmosphere with the nature-focused, farm-centered intentional community environment. This differs greatly from the 60s and 70s communalists, who shunned urban, corporate life in mostly all of its entirety (besides technology). Being a communalist back then meant giving up the typical, “acceptable” lifestyle to work towards the higher countercultural ideals. Conforming in any way to typical society meant compromising goals, and thus being rejected from true, devout communalists. However, today’s communalists often prove to be functioning, contributing members of society, while going home to a society that looks towards a different kind of society in the future.