Friends, these two photographs show a rural communal lifestyle, that of the Amish in America.
Now while the glue that holds this community together is one of strict religious belief and a rejection of modern society, it does not detract from the benefits that accrue when a self-sufficient community work together as a team to support each other, to share the load.
The above photograph shows an Amish women working in the fields using good, honest, non-polluting horsepower! The beauty of the quiet environment, the honesty and satisfaction of doing physical work, is evident. No obesity or high blood pressure or traffic noise or police sirens or drunken parties here!
The next photograph shows the building of a new Amish house. As you can see the whole community appears to be involved in the 'barn raising' almost to the stage of there being standing room only!
Imagine how you'd feel if your community came around and helped you build your home in a matter of days! No builders ripping you off, just a bunch of kindly neighbors, the smell of baking bread, the laughter of happy people who feel a sense of belonging. Of course, no community is perfect. I'm sure the Amish have their share of problems as all humans do. But the concept of cooperative communal living obviously has real benefits.
Utopians would not have the religious glue but surely people of intelligence can see the benefits that the Amish have by building and maintaining a strong community. No one is left out, no one is alone (unless they want to be) and everyone enjoys the quiet simplicity of the country life while providing for their needs in a sustainable way that is kind to the environment!
What do you think? Could it be made to work?
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