Well, I wouldn’t put these monks in the same category as 1-900 psychic hotline. I *suppose* you could, but they’re about as idealistic and minimalist as you can get.
They do things like make beeswax candles to survive but it’s not so much a profit motive as it is a survival motive, ’cause everybody’s got bills to pay.
Closer analogy would be to the 30+ yr old grad student living in the room of someone’s house, working towards their PhD, anxious to change the world of Science someday.
It’s just their subject matter is different.
When you consider the history of the University and Scholatisicm, you can see why their lifestyles are so similar: their roots are the same.