I just finished reading an article that’s being passed around the commune.  It’s about how the Amish decide which technology is appropriate to adopt, and more importantly, how to use different kinds of technology in order to maintain the social connections and other spiritual intentions their community is based on.  In the end, the author asks the question: “If we decided that community came first, how would we use our tools differently?”

I love living at Twin Oaks because we have the opportunity to collectively ask these kinds of questions, like when the opportunity to have internet connections in individual rooms came up last year (we decided it would be a decision for each dorm-like residence group to make for themselves).  In reading this article, I’m envious of the Amish because I often wish we were less focused on individual freedom and more focused on community.

read the article here.