Sometimes shows can capture what life is like living in a forming community.
HBO has a documentary called The Anarchists about a group of, you guessed it, anarchists organizing a conference and living in Acapulco, Mexico. This show demonstrates exactly how intentional communities form and die! Of course there are communities that thrive but this 6 year 6 part documentary shows my experience!! Luckily, my experience was way less intense and didn’t include murder and death by heartache.
One man said “all these people that I thought would be the greatest people I”d ever get to know, some of them were flat out assholes”
So he went in with the same naivety I did. I thought since we were trying to do something idealistic our human nature would be different. Ha. Another person interviewed mentioned how we are animals deep down. They learned that in their tragic story.
Another man, seeing people’s behavior living down there, questioned his belief in anarchy.- Others didn’t like community living and left early on. The whole thing was based on a conference full of drugs and anything goes (comes with the territory of anarchy I suppose). Then greed came into the picture when many became rich early on in the crypto craze.
I would suggest anyone considering cohousing or other intentional communities to watch this documentary.
Another show I just finished is called The Deep End. It’s a four part docu series about Teal Swan. Someone told me she had a book about healing from trauma so I bought it last year but hadn’t read it. Now I see it as junk science and all made up like the armchair psychology I hear in the Intentional Community unless you are a professional and trained, I don’t want to hear what you think. With that said, feel free to ignore any diagnosis I’ve ever had of others!
So, Teal Swan says she’s psychic. SHe has followers. What’s fascinating about this docu series is watching how they feel they are a community and an expert clearly shows that they are more cult-like. Any place that has differences in the inner circle and outside circles, a charismatic leader, and rules to only follow that leader (or group) and stay away from your family and friends is probably toxic. I’d watch it around Halloween since it is scary.
P.S. since writing this my dog peed on the Teal Swan book. It was on the floor as I was deciding what to do with it. I usually donate books but once in a blue moon I find a book that I feel like others shouldn’t bother reading. My dog is old and having issues so if something is on the floor, it may become a casualty. She’s not allowed in my room but snuck in and that’s where she did her business.