Re: Michael's suggestions etc.
- To: domesteading at sculptors dot com
- Subject: Re: Michael's suggestions etc.
- From: jmr at management21 dot com (Michael Rowland)
- Date: Tue, 08 Sep 1998 11:45:41 -0500
domesteading at sculptors dot com writes:
>Okay, paperwork and nonprofit...why is it we wrinkle
>up our face and get crazy over the paperwork when
>we're willing to go out and help build HOUSES! No,
>paperwork and complying with the "rules" ain't an
>easy task, but then again, BUILDING A HOUSE ain't
>either! C'mon, gotta take the good with the bad,
>Michael (and everyone else bemoaning paperwork and
>nonprofit) - it's like taking medicine; might taste
>bad going down, but you feel better soon after!
I admit I find paperwork, in itself, distasteful. But if it were a matter
of buckling down and doing it and being done with it, I wouldn't even
bring it up. What we're talking about here is ONGOING COMMITMENT to get it
done. We can't just decide, after 6 or 7 months (or 6 or 7 years), that,
man, this is a drag, let someone else do it now. It means that I will
continue to get it done long after it's ceased to hold any intrinsic
interest for me, and that the only way I can discharge the responsibility
is by passing it on to someone else who will be equally committed. (Or, as
a better alternative, to get into a mindset where you can continue to find
things about it that are intellectually stimulating and satisfying. But
I'm not sufficiently in tune with the jewel in the heart of that
> While Habitat has been suggested many times, the only
> thing that gives ME (and I stress, this is my own
> phobia) pause in confronting these folks is that it
> is a "Christian" organization ... I just don't want
> to see any association with this group become...
> evangelical? in nature...
This is not a minor point. I agree... I shudder to anticipate being
involved in such an undertaking with a group who continually seek to
subordinate (I almost want to say "suborn" :-) one's own worthwhile cause
into their own particular aims. Especially when such organization views
one as a possible target for their well-intentioned though unwanted
attentions. My personal religion is personal, and is not subject to
negotiation merely to increase someone else's enrollment list.
> It would be a nice thing if we could combine our
> experiences and expertise (from list to list and
> subscriber to subscriber) to create a nonprofit
> organization - but then that's been my vote all
Call me "convinced"... I think it's a good idea (have all along), and I've
seen enough response from others on DomeHome to think it's doable. But I
cannot in good conscience commit to being the one who gets the bureacratic
stuff done; I can say, "I'll do it," but I can't say "I'll KEEP doing it."
And I don't think it'll work without such persons. (And I'd still like to
explore the subtle though possibly significant differences between being a
"not-for-profit" versus a "non-profit" org. I know a very knowledgeable
and experienced professional with whom I can talk about this and find out
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