In 1983, a group called Alive Polarity bought the Murrieta Hot Springs resort. The 300-member community turned the facility into a vegetarian, no-alcohol, no-tobacco, no-caffeine, no-telephone, and no-television commune. Members gave up their possessions after a three-year trial period. They followed a philosophy of a nonviolent life. Most of the members were in their thirties and have given up established careers for a lifelong commitment to the commune. They lived in the hotel rooms, ate in the cafeteria, and performed all the resort jobs. Their children attended an Alive Polarity school on the grounds. The neatly dressed people included credentialed teachers, registered nurses, and others with college degrees.
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