Acorn Arson

A cautionary tale of welcoming new people to intentional community…

your passport to complaining

Someone tried to kill me this morning.

As controversial as i sometimes am, this does not happen often.  In fact it has never happened until today.  There is a story, of course, and i am going to tell it to you.

At moments after 5 AM this morning i smelled smoke.  I had been sitting with the door open in the conspiracy office in the middle of Acorn’s main building, Heartwood.  I jumped out of the office and there was a fire burning right outside the dishwashing area, which was less than 10 feet from where i was sitting.  As i looked around quickly for a fire extinguisher, i saw that there were three large diesel containers on the floor of the building and someone had poured the fuel on the floor.  I started screaming to wake people up.



I dragged the gas containers, which were still partially full, out…

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2 thoughts on “Acorn Arson

  1. i am not sure if this is a cautionary tale. i invited Nick to Acorn, after this experience i perhaps would have asked him to go earlier, to be safe. But i will (after some pause) continue to invite unusual people to visit.

    Part of the reason for this is that some of the best communards we have are “unusual people”. Gifted folks often struggle with bosses, arbitrary work schedules, static work environments, fear of losing your job or the endless need to sell yourself. Some of these gifted people come to us where we can offer them an environment free of these hassles. And with us they shine, their potential gets released, they get the acceptance and loose structure they need and we benefit tremendously.

    But even if the “odd person” is not unusually gifted, they can still shine at these communes and be solid stable contributors.

    1. “Cautionary tale” means live and learn…I believe in intentional community; part of which is we must open up our hearts to those who are different, gifted, “odd”. What is the answer? To use caution, common sense (if there is such a thing) and our best judgment. Based on your story, I’m not sure you could’ve done anything different, but others may learn from the telling of it.

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