amish

July 16, 2006

I find myself thinking about the amish a lot. As if they are a kind of reference point for the way life should be lived, and in some situations I envision an imaginary group of Amish-like people. I ask myself what those people what do in my situation, what they would think or what choices they would make for me. I don’t know if I could actually go and join the Amish I am probably too soft by now and too highly educated to fit in. But I can think of them as a kind of ideal and try to be more like them in my own life and my own society. I can live simply, try to eschew riches or major achievement, value community and family, be a pacifist, work hard and ride a horse drawn buggy… what the??

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