Here is what attending this year's Clearwater festival told me:
- It's important to me to be in a community where people strive to treat everyone well. If you have a goal of doing good in the world, but you don't treat your own people right, you've lost it. In every community, there will be some discord, but it makes a difference whether or not people have a sense that they are all committed to treating each other as community members.
- I like doing physical work and working with people. Perhaps neither is an area where I would be an expert, but I like doing the work, the nonskilled work that gets assigned to volunteers.
- I like being useful -- having demands placed on me and being able to rise to the occasion.
- I like being outside.
- I like not having to cook, wash dishes, drive, clean house, or manage finances.