I'm interested how many of you like the fractured nature of a Western Monasticism. I find it to be quite strange that there are so many groups and splinter groups with very slightly different "charisms." And I've never been very impressed by western monasteries I've visited. They never seem very monk-ish (not that I've been to an Orthodox Monastery to compare... I'm just talking about my preconceptions).
I don't know if "Western Monasticism" is all that fractured. Strictly speaking, not all "religious orders" are "monastic", but if you take the major monastic orders, to me they seem like variations on the same theme. They are different organisations, have slightly different emphases, different habits, etc., but they're all basically operating on the Rule of St Benedict or something rather close to it in spirit. In that sense, I don't really see it as so different in theory from our monasteries. They aren't organised like Western "orders", but all monasteries have their own particular quality, specialised rules beyond what is common to all, and there are other differences as well. We wouldn't really call this "fractured", though.
I would consider the other types of religious life (canons, mendicants, religious brothers and sisters) a bit more carefully. Some seem to me like acceptable variations of monastic life, while others are not exactly what I'd call monasticism, even if they do good work. And, to be fair to them, perhaps they are not trying to be monastic.
I've been to a fair number of Orthodox monasteries, and some of those haven't seemed very "monastic" to me at first glance. I think we have preconceptions of what monasticism is, but the reality is often different. Because of this, I'm not alarmed if Western monasticism doesn't match my preconceptions. Also, Western tradition and discipline has always been different from that of the East, so it's unrealistic to expect a Western monastery to be in all respects like one of ours. I suspect many of our monks would probably out-monk the average Benedictine, but probably couldn't hack it in a Charterhouse more than a few days.