Dialectical Interchange (excerpt)
We consider each applicant separately because we can't assume that couples will remain together indefinitely.
And each person must apply as a separate individual, not as a couple.
Julia, we recognize your relationship with Patrick, but we can only consider you for membership as a separate person in your own right.
You both understand, I take it, that each applicant is considered as a separate person, independent of their relationship with a spouse or significant other?
Each person must have his or her own reasons for wanting to be a part of this community.
Yes, and I'd like to know why that is. Patrick and I both decided to apply for membership in your community. It was a joint decision.
My identity is both as an individual and as Patrick's wife.
Well, I guess I understand that. I certainly have my own interest in being a part of this community.
Well, I want to be with Patrcick, certainly. But I also want to contribute to building a cooperative community that can stand opposed to the greed-based capitalist system we're now under.
I can't see Patrick and I ever separating. But if we did, yes, I'd still want to be a part of this community because of what you're trying to do.
Yes, even if Patrick and I were to separate or divorce, I'd still want to be part of a commonwealth community.