I in Community, Me in Team, Me and Team in Temporary
Going through the 10 Principles has been an interesting contemplative exercise on its own. Today's principle is a very good example on so many levels....
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
You Can Chose Your Friends, But You Can't Choose Your Family
This was a regular and somewhat constant refrain growing up.
It has confused and confounded me for years.
Community and family has been a regular thread of discussion with my wife and myself, as well as so many others that I know. It can be confusing, frustrating, fulfilling and chameleon-like. The world is shifting faster than I think most of us are aware and with it the concept and reality of community shifts. the success of Facebook is a perfect example.
So What Is Family? And What Is Community?
I come from what I'm coming to realize is a semi-normal, broken up and confused background.
I have never met my birth father and the replacement left a bit to be desired, but he was almost always there. I have a half-brother (hate the term, because as screwed up as our relationship is he's always been my brother, the same goes for my "step-father", for better and for worse he is and always will be my father figure"
My wife on the other hand comes from a pretty idyllic Norman Rockwell family. All of her siblings are still married to their original spouses, how rare is that. We have been together for over 20 years now and had no former marital ties.
The Collection I'm Proud Of
My wife/life-partner thinks I'm a hoarder, that I collect things.
On certain levels she is very right and then again very wrong.
I'm a modern day nomad, so what I can hoard and accumulate becomes quite limited.
But I do "collect" friends. And I cherish them. I love them and hate them. I agree with them and so don't agree with them.
They become my family.
Back to Burning Man
At this point I don't know where I'm camping. I have a pretty good idea.
It looks like I'll be with folk I met in Georgia, ever so briefly, but then again....
Communication has been spotty, so I might be on my own, or .....