cohousing and sharks

I read this article about the growing number of Great White Sharks in Cape Cod. I love this paragraph:

For now, residents and officials on Cape Cod interviewed for this article seem intent on figuring out ways to coexist with, rather than manage, the sharks — though not all of them used the term “coexistence.” That term has only recently gained prominence among Western academics and conservationists. At its core, coexistence describes a state in which humans and wildlife share the same landscape. And while that may sound Pollyanna-ish, scholars and policymakers don’t frame it as such. “Coexistence doesn’t require you to love your neighbor, or your enemy, or that marauding beast,” says Simon Pooley, a researcher at the University of London. “It requires you to figure out a way of existing in the same space and getting what you need.” 

Maybe cohousing is the same – we don’t have to love our neighbors, but just coexist. Sometimes you’ll make friends, but maybe not. Sometimes it’ll go smoothly, but others time not. How can you share the same space and not hurt each other?

I”m glad sharks are back and the seals that they eat are back since that is an environmental win. I do also see that swimmers and surfers don’t want to be mistaken for a seal and bleed out. So, how can you live in an intentional community without being a victim of a deadly attack? For me, the shark won.

About CJ

I was a Spanish teacher for 5 years in the Public School system in 3 different states. I homeschooled and taught at a democratic free school. I heard about cohousing in 2010 and wanted to move in right away. I met a group building one in 2018 and got to move in the summer of 2019. It only took a year to want out.
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