It’s been interesting the feedback we’ve been getting about our decision to move on.
Ten weeks ago we left a marina that was emptying fast following a management decision to force out the residential boats.
In that time quite a few non-residential boat owners also removed their craft as, to put it bluntly, the marina died as the community broke up and left the whole place empty of spirit, community spirit.
These aren’t my words by the way, it’s a summary, a compilation, of the comments offered to us by some VERY unhappy people.
Actually we were congratulated for being ‘brave enough’ to leave when we did and it appears our judgement about the future of the marina was sound besides the other personal considerations we added to the decision-making musings about giving up the boat.
So what have we learned from the whole thing?
When you look at the coming of a more austere time following the inevitable storm, it should be enlightening if not a warning about those thinking of forming a colony or commune.
The experts talk of numbers being a protective measure in survival and how the many working together helps ensure long-term survival. That’s good logic but it totally misses the social, personal side, of communal living.
Communal living only works well within a cooperative population and that only happens with a content stable population.
For anything else to work it would require a rigid almost military type of management.
For military read rules (if not laws), timetables, and work rosters.
Not exactly a good model when thinking about a cooperative, content, and therefore stable population.
Now I could draw a conclusion that communal living within a civilian colony is better than a military setup but I’d probably be wrong. What makes any community is the people and social balance within those people. Thus if key members leave, and I’m not just talking about experts, but those whose presence holds groups together, a colony is doomed.
I reckon that’s food for thought.
What would make up a good balanced group?
Which system would work better, a commune or a military type camp?
Can strangers ever work happily together without coercion?
What’s essential to keep a colony or commune together?
Can you ever take ‘personal sensitivities’ into account within a colony or does everyone have to toe a common line?
Lots of considerations eh??