The Lost Art of Living with Intent


This map shows just a fraction of the utopian communities created in America during its expansion westward in the 19th century. (Mostly behind the frontier, for reasons I will provide later.) There were literally hundreds of them. I counted 118, and the more research I did, the higher the count went. I tried to create a more complete version of the map above, but the names wouldn’t fit. The people of these groups did something very powerful, and something that is now, sadly, quite rare: they arranged their lives from the ground up, intentionally. They cast off the expectations and circumstances of their original lives and chose new ones: on purpose and usually with carefully considered plans.



Also in this issue we cover the view from inside, the virtue of running away and dealing with errors.