Monday, December 28, 2015

For a Resilient Future, Put Community First by Pamela Boyce Simms

Her view of Transition Towns and Intentional Communities:
In addition to their shared commitment to equality, both movements seek to cultivate wholeness. Wholeness—systems working purposefully in sync—is the definition of physical, mental, and community health and wellbeing. Wholeness is true resilience. An integrated personality manifests in strong self-esteem. Citizens working together improve communities. Cohesive workplace teams boost the bottom line. Conversely, separation and fragmentation are biological harbingers of disease, and sociological indicators of institutional disintegration. Horrendous income inequity, frayed nerve endings, office infighting, and the lonely, emotional isolation of lives lived in ubiquitous ticky tacky houses and strip malls, reflect illness.

Whereas the pursuit of wholeness through cooperation is embedded yet latent in the DNA of the Transition movement, hundreds of intentional communities already demonstrate just that. Irrespective of how diverse a group of people in an intentional community may be, they necessarily share an allegiance to the baseline value of sustained cooperation. Transition initiatives do not have that luxury.

Is there a thick account of moral wellbeing present here? Or is this just warmed-over liberalism in updated parlance? I would guess the later based on the subsequent paragraph. Virtuous friendship is not based solely on the need to cooperate for survival.

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