Re: Shakers

From: Wade T. Smith (
Date: Mon 09 Jun 2003 - 11:57:36 GMT

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    On Sunday, June 8, 2003, at 11:03 PM, Ray wrote:

    > I suspect the Shakers did not die out due to lack of biological
    > reproduction.

    Anyone claiming that the cultural venue of the Shakers is gone has never visited a furniture store.

    Yes, its totality is gone- there will perhaps never be another Shaker colony, pursuing their vision of xianity and faith through abstinence and dancing, but the utilitarian vision of their resource use has not disappeared.

    It is specious argument to deny such cultural continuation- the performances of the Shakers are well reported in history and artifact. What there is no more, culturally evolutionarily speaking, is any reason or compulsion to adopt the communal living style and the individual religious strictness.

    The venue for Shakerness has changed. It is now found, in truncated form, on the floor of stores specializing in Northeastern US woodworking.

    But, there it is.

    So, how did that furniture get there?

    - Wade

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