by Valerie, originally published by the Fellowship for Intentional Community in Communities Magazine
Here at Twin Oaks, we generally consider ourselves beyond conventional conversation restraints; this becomes immediately obvious by listening to a mealtime discussion of the lurid details of gruesome symptoms related to the latest sickness going around.
When it comes to talking about politics, it becomes a little more complicated. There are certain topics that we can all discuss with ease and generally agree upon. However, somehow there are others that are more like opening a can of worms while walking through a field of landmines…
Acceptable: Climate change and polar icecap melt.
More delicate: What temperature to set the communal hot-water heater, and the ecological implications of using ice-cubes.
Acceptable: Bernie versus Hillary.
A bit trickier: Organic versus Local.
Acceptable: Increasing water shortages and the evils of the bottled-water industry.
Tread carefully: The fact that a certain communard-who-shall-remain-nameless replaced the low-flow shower head with one that delivers the approximate force and volume-per-minute of Niagara Falls, without any process.
Acceptable: The discriminatory aspects of impending US immigration policy.
Walking on eggshells: Our membership process about whether to accept that controversial visitor from the last visitor period.
Acceptable: Gay marriage.
Call in the Process Team: Your lover announces their desire to form a polyamorous triad with that statuesque blonde who arrived as a new member last week…..