Intentional communities are not ordinary communities that we normally see or know. Usually when we live in a neighbourhood, we do not get to choose who we live in close proximity with. Sometimes they are welcoming and send pies or visit new neighbours but there are others who do not know who lives next door to them. With intentional communities, people actually have a harmonious relationship with each other through community-wide activities or their daily interactions with each other.
In a normal society, there are roles that must be played by the people however these roles are not strictly held by an intentional community. A janitor and a manager may have a strict adherence to their working roles but if they live in the same intentional community they shed these roles whenever they come home. If people are bound by their roles even in their own communities then sometimes their potentials are not maximized. In an intentional community, everyone volunteers for a couple of hours per week on an activity they liked best. If this janitor and manager like carpentry they can work together in a house building project without the boss-worker relationship that they normally have. Being a manager in the corporate world will limit you to your job description and people will wonder why you work in manual labour when you can just pay someone for that. But this is not the case with intentional communities, people are equal here and they have the freedom to live life the way they want to.
When living in an intentional community it is possible to feel deep feelings of love for someone who in the normal society you would not even talk to. This is because social masks and roles are shed in this environment and people are free to talk to others. They care more about the people in their surroundings because of everyday interactions and community based activities. Contrary to popular belief, people who live in intentional communities are free and the system is democratic. Living in one is a choice and anyone is also free.
Living in these communities are really different from what people are used to. Here, more important and relevant concerns like family, friends and relationships are treasured.