Thanksgiving: Pilgrims followed the BIble not Plato

The Pilgrims did not model their community property initiative on Plato’s Republic, in my opinion, but on Acts 2 and Acts 4, where “they that believed lived together and held all things common”, and where they did not even consider the shirts on their backs as their own, but it was “had in common”.

However, the apostles had a pressure valve for this. Those who were not enthusiastic volutarists did not last long, because they were expected to contribute and work hard. “He that shall not work shall not eat”. And they still took care of the widows and orphans.

I was part of such a missionary community too, but we also learned that one had to have individual incentives even then to make it work.


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