The Amish community rejects luxuries such as telephones and cell phones, cars, and mechanized farm equipment. They live simply, and it definitely felt like going back in time when our class visited Amish country today. Their children walk to school, they use a horse and buggy for long distance travel and rely on neighbors and visitors for news of the outside world.
Almost all the Amish were farmers, which makes sense because when you live on without most modern technology you have to spend much of your time making food for yourself, with no time to make food for others. Their farms were generally quite large, from 40 acres all the way to several hundred.
I definitely appreciated the opportunity to see such a different culture, but I also saw similarities with my own way of life. As Dr. Larke said in our class lecture on diversity, it’s important to find things in common that can unite us. I loved all the animals that were on the farms, and could definitely relate to their desire to be closer to God.
That said, we’re living in 2012, not the 1800s. Society is all about change, and progress, while the Amish are about stagnation, and preserving the way things are. I certainly couldn’t live the way the Amish do, but I also can’t condemn them for their chosen lifestyle.