Wow, very interesting conversations!
I just have to give my 2 cents!
I was unschooled, and we are unschooling our children. It is a completely differant lifestyle and mindset, to be sure. Even having grown up in that enviroment, it is still very radical to me! Not because it is new to me, but because it is the opposite of what society is doing, and what society says is exceptable! In my exprieiance it has had nothing to do with money.
My family was considered "poor." My mother always stayed home with us, and that was a great sacrifice! My father never made very much money; we were on food stamps at differant times, and never had new clothes, didn't go out to eat, etc.
My family is a very similure story. Dh doesn't make very much, and still I stay home with our children. We have sacrifeiced just about everything. Our lifestyle has been very "radical" and we have lost many friends and dh's family because of that. We live with family, so that I can stay home. We have been ridiculed for these choices, as have our family for being supportive.
I guess what I'm trying to say is: There very well may be some middle class subrubanites who use the term "radical" to make themselves sound better, or something. I, however, have never seen that, and it certainly isn't the majority of people living what is consider a "radical lifestyle."
I think that you may just be confusing one's life
style with one's leasure
style. At least, I hope it is a confusion of terms, and not how you really want to live. To me, the idea of seperating "work" and "leasure" is an aweful thought, certainly not one I would want for my children. It seems so sad to feel that you cannot enjoy yourself because you are "working" or doing "chores." I guess my parents were successful in imparting a healthy outlook on life.
About the "chores:"
It can be very difficult to imagine something when it's the opposite of what you have always been told, and expierianced for yourself. Things like "chores" and "education" are things that children "normally" (in this society) dislike, and even hate. I think you will find, however, that when children come to things naturally (on their own,) without being forced to do it, they will often enjoy it greatly. Life doesn't have to be compartmentalized, and my oppinion is that one will be a healthier person when it isn't. Life is life. You do what you have to do, so you might as well enjoy it. In choosing to live this "radical lifestyle" I am choosing to breack away from what society tells me is the "norm." That includes things like not enjoying oneself, seeing something that has to be done as negitive, etc. I want my children to learn to love life, and to respect others, I don't see that being easy while living society's livestyle.
Than again, that's just me.