The nuclear family is not ‘traditional’ or the way things were, it was an adaptation to modern industrial society. What the article above failed to mention, is that ‘work’ as we know it today, is a recent invention. Until the industrial revolution, most people’s ‘work’ was either the family farm or or the family home business (or in tribal societies, men hunted, women gathered). There was no real separation between work and home life, they were the same. Sadly, we do not exist in that society. To not starve, most people have to work outside the home. The nuclear family is the best adaptation to that economic reality we have.
Ideally, we’d be able to get back to that tribal, extended family structure. One of my hopes, if that someday I will be able to be able to create a tribal structure among my family, and maybe with my friends as well. We’ll live on a mostly self-sustaining farm subsidized by some small income from a couple projects I’m working on. That will take a lot of work, and will be a lifelong project, but hopefully I’ll get there.
It can be done; the Old Order Anabaptists (Mennonite, Hutterite, Amish) are proof that living this way is still possible, and there have been some folks like Wiebo Ludwig and his extended family who have opted to live that way instead of the way the rest of us do… (BTW, they’re still there…)
‘The Village‘ scenario is an option…
I think it would be great if those who opt to convert to this way of life maintain at least some online presence, rather than living in complete isolation, so they can (a) demonstrate its viability to the outside world, perhaps encouraging potential converts to embrace it, and (b) be able to network with others doing the same thing, so as to be able to meet each other, diversify their respective gene pools through marrying members of each other’s families (to avoid inbreeding problems).