Curious about the Amish

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    Linda E
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    What are Amish beliefs? Why do the Amish not use modern conveniences, such as automobiles or electricity? What does an Amish day consist of? Also, I’d like to know about their building talents, from furniture to barns.

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    Name : Linda E, Gender : F, Race : White/Caucasian, Age : 53, City : Flint, State : MI Country : United States, Education level : Technical School, 
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    Steve27823
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    I grew up surrounded by Amish communities in Geauga, Ohio. Contrary to myth, the Amish do not reject all modern advancements and are not ‘stuck in time.’ Central to their religion is simplicity and humility. Their society does change, but much more slowly and deliberately than ours. For example, most Amish clothing uses hooks rather than buttons or zippers, simply because they work fine and everyone in the community can have them. The Amish will make concessions to modern equipment; they just don’t bring it into their homes. They will travel in buses and cars but won’t drive. When I was in high school, I often was hired by the Amish, who produced maple syrup in the spring. The entire elaborate operation was manual, using human and horsepower except for one gasoline-driven pump that moved the sap to the roof of the sugar bush. As a non-Amish, they could hire me to run the pump for them. This was a great improvement in safety, whereas before heavy sap containers had to be hand-lifted, in cold winter weather, to the roof, and many an accident happened when someone slipped. Consequently there had been lengthy community debate before acquiring the pump. They paid me in one gallon cans of maple syrup.

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    hee heee

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