Continuation of “10 Things We Can Learn from the Amish” – Part 1
The Amish Embrace Simplicity
The Amish do not spend their days keeping up with the Joneses, or the Yoders, as it may be. The chronic pursuit of the next best thing isn’t something the Amish concern themselves with.
We “English” folk are bombarded with over 3,000 images a day to consume things! Advertisements from TV and internet each and every day ring in our heads to be discontent with what we have.
This is one of the primary reasons the Amish do not allow electricity into their homes. They feel that “those wires” bring the outside culture into their families and homes. (Ya think???)
Agree or not, the Amish protect themselves and their families from outside influences to preserve their way of life.
What could we learn from that principle, or at least improve upon?
The Amish Do Not Ask For or Receive Entitlements
The Amish not only take care of their elderly, but they also take responsibility for them financially.
While the Amish pay federal, state and local taxes, they do not pay into social security if they work for self-employed Amish. They do not want or expect social security money in their old age.
They feed their hungry and prefer to take care of their own.
The Amish Use Very Little Outside Medical Care
While the Amish will use hospitals for emergencies, these folks also embrace the use of herbs and natural healing for their families.
Tried and true “home remedies“, that have been passed down through the years are often used.
The Amish also remain active throughout much of their lives, which I’m sure minimizes ill-health to some degree.
The Amish Do Not Use Insurance
Things are handled a little differently in the Amish community when tragedy strikes. If your barn burns down, the community will schedule a “barn raising” and build you a new barn. Problems are dealt with, as much as possible, within the Amish.
That’s the power of community.
The Amish are the Ultimate Entrepreneurs
When in Amish country, you’ll see lots of little signs like this, sprinkled here and there on roadsides and corners. The Amish are the ultimate entrepreneurs.
Farm stands and quilt shoppes are everywhere, as well as Amish run hotels and restaurants.
During one of our last visits up to Holmes county, we were saddened to see that a number of our favorite shoppes and restaurants had closed, due to the economy.
But do you know what else we saw?? Quite a number of outdoor “stores”, under tents, more than I had ever seen before. The Amish have to make a living, like the rest of us, so if a store closes down, they erect make-shift stores in other ways.
The Amish are not a perfect culture of people, none of us are. However, I firmly believe that we can all learn from each other and embrace the best of what we see, even if it means going back a few centuries.