Got one for ya... (Community Dilema)

Discussion in 'Religion and Ethics' started by Didymus, Sep 14, 2009.

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    I live in a small religious community of volunteers. 5 of us share a house and volunteer full time at various non-profits in the area. We receive housing, a small personal stipend, and a food allowance. We have been purchasing food together and then splitting up whatever money is left over so that we can spend it on snacks and other things we might want for lunch etc.

    Here's the (collective goods) problem:
    Some people in the house are vegetarian, so there has been some discussion about whether or not the collective funds should be used to buy meat. But as it turns out, the vegetarians are ok with using the collective grocery money to buy meat. The issue is that some of us don't want to use the collective funds to buy fruit. The reasoning is that we should all pay for dinners together and divide the rest of the money to buy lunches ourselves so we have more flexibility in what we get to eat for lunch. Since the meat will be for dinners and fruit will be for lunches, fruit should not be purchased with the collective money (unless it's for a dinner dish that we will all share).

    Does this sound reasonable?
     
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    You'll forgive me for pointing out the obvious, won't you?

    A family "food allowance", or budget, either includes ALL the items that every family member wants/likes for every meal/snack, or they ALL must sacrifice/compromise because the budget can't support it.

    Perfectly reasonable.
     
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    ...and you had to join a political board (this one, specifically) today JUST to ask for help in figuring this out?

    No offense, but I'm going out on a limb here, and saying you're full of shit, and you're looking to troll.
     
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    I had the day off and was bored, Dis. Uncovering "intelligence" is usually good for a laugh.
     
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    Unfortunately, not quite obvious enough for me. (Go easy on me, it's Monday.)

    You're saying that it's reasonable, but which of your 2 scenarios does it fit into?
     
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    Yep.

    The description I was looking at said religion/philosophy and that seemed to fit. I want input on this from objective outsiders. But I'm definitely open to other suggestions too. If you know a better place for this discussion please let me know.
     
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    Ok, fine. I'm trying to trick you into thinking about apples and chicken because the invisible ray machine that I use to control the people in the Whitehouse is powered by your brainwaves, but only while you are contemplating either fruit or poultry. There you go, master conspiracy theorist, you win.

    So does anyone have an opinion on this? I've never had such trouble getting opinions out of opinionated people in my life. C'mon. Anyone? I need to get that ray powered up.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    It's hardly a dilemna. If you can't reach consensus on what to buy when you pool your money, then don't do that. Each of you keep your own share of the stipend and buy what you want to eat with it. There's no particular reason dinners are different than lunches which you're apparently already fine with buying sperately. Problem avoided.

    (As a side note, who the heck isn't going to eat fruit anyway? It's difficult to believe anyone actually objected to fruit being an item that was appropriate for a collective grocery purchase... but whatever.)
     
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    You living in a commune or something? Sounds pretty much like a cult to me. Why can't you buy your own food with the money you receive? That way the veggie heads can buy all the rabbit food they want and everybody else can chow down on hot dogs or whatever. Volunteer work is a noble thing but I've never heard of anybody performing the service like you described. Seems a bit odd to me... So why can't you live somewhere on your own and volunteer as your time and personal needs allow? Are you supporting yourself only on this volunteer work or do you have other income? How come you don't have a regular 9 to 5 like most folks? What's the real story here, hondo?
     

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