by, 16-Aug-2010 at 17:37 (474 Views)
I've been watching a documentary about these Amish kids who came over to the UK to experience the World... Man, it's a different life!
Although I knew a little of their community, I've learnt a hell of a lot more, and I'm left with mixed emotions!
I mean... I admire their ability to live such a clean life, and there is no doubt they have some very enlightened principles; some that we ourselves could learn from.
But on the other hand... Is it really practical to abide by the Bibles word so strictly in today's society? I know they pretty much have their own society, and they seem to get along just fine, admittedly... I just... I dunno... It kinda sticks in my craw that it's so OK to remain, effectively, in the Dark Ages.
Women all over the world fought for women's right - the suffragettes endured ignorance, violence and prejudice but persevered. Yet the Amish see fit to follow the letter of the Lord and insist that men work on the land and the women stay at home, cooking and child-rearing.
As much as I respect people's differences, this angers me.
Don't get me wrong, though... I'm not bashing religion or anything even close. I just think it's a shame, and it's unfair, not to mention impractical in this modern, ever-changing society.