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Amish Attitude Adjustment

30 May

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Growing up in Indiana gave me a strong attachment to the  Amish people  and their unique culture.

Indiana has the second highest population of Amish after Ohio, which is where I was born.

Even after leaving and moving to California, the Amish were always of great interest to me.

My own grandfather, although of Prussian heritage,  looked and spoke very much like the Amish, his dialect of German was like the Old Order Amish and this may have encouraged my deep affection for them.

He was a master carpenter, as are many Amish men and took great pride in the quality of his work.

My abhorrence of guns, war and violence,  may or may not be a result of this.

Later, when my children were young, an Amish quilt was on every bed in our home, all hand-made.

Each time I went back to Indiana for a visit, going to one of the many Amish Communities, was always a part of my trip agenda.

The Amish are in many states across this country, including a few here in Florida,  but the highest population is in Ohio, at about 55,000, where the disturbing story on the news this morning was focused.

There has been a rash, or serious outbreak of measles in Ohio, said to be the most in this country since 1996 and it is believed to have come from within the Amish Community there.

People often believe, erroneously, that the Amish do not believe in any vaccines or immunizations for their children.

Some of them do, some do not, they have varying opinions on the subject, as do many who are not Amish.

The reason for most of the concern in this current measles outbreak is,  primarily because of the risk of it now becoming wide-spread throughout the Amish Community and then to others in nearby areas.

For so many years, both before and after growing up, I heard the snickers, saw the rudeness and listened to the cultural bias and complete ignorance from those on the outside,  towards these gentle, peaceable people.

This lack of understanding, or compassion for the Amish people and their culture, may have played some small part in the murder of  innocent Amish school children.

It seems incomprehensible, that when some people do not understand a cultural group, or a religion, they can and frequently do fear it to the point of spouting hurtful,  social insults, or even harming  those that they do not understand.

The Amish came to this country to escape abusive treatment, it is so disappointing that some here cannot allow them to pursue the religious freedom here that they seek.

So now that once again their community is in the glare of the public spotlight,  that they so constantly shy away from, could we instead of pointing fingers and playing the “blame game,”  perhaps offer instead a little kindness and warmth?

Long before all of the  movies,  the TV shows, the books,  exposés  and all of  the ugly Hollywood hype, the Amish came to America looking for a better life, for religious freedom, for peace.

This Country spends billions helping people all over the world, so why do we care so little for those who live right here in America, perhaps just down the street or across town?

If you don’t know anything about the Amish, won’t you please take the time to learn just a little?

The Amish really are pretty much just like you and me, they love their families and want peace in the world.

Right now, their Communities are hurting, how can you/we not show them some of the same concern that we do to those thousands of miles away?

Perhaps we could all use a little Amish attitude adjustment?

 

Places to learn more:

Amish Missionaries Implicated In Measles Outbreak In Ohio

Ohio Measles Outbreak Traced to Amish Mission Trip

Ohio cases among Amish drive bad year for measles across U.S.

8,000+ Amish Vaccinated As Measles Outbreak Continues

Ohio Amish bearing brunt of measles epidemic

 

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22 responses to “Amish Attitude Adjustment

  1. sachemspeaks

    May 30, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Reblogged this on sachemspeaks and commented:
    Use a little Amish attitude adjustment, I like that. 💡

     
  2. cindy knoke

    May 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Oh yes and the food!!! Simply the best! Peaceful non-violence, what a concept!

     
    • Gator Woman

      June 1, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Yes, their food is wonderful. Thank you Cindy~

       
  3. lkwatts67

    May 30, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    There is a nice film I just showed for a class yesterday called The Amish: A People of Preservation. It is a good testament to their enduring culture and way of life.

     
    • Gator Woman

      May 30, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      Hello Dr. Watts and welcome~
      Thank you for your very kind suggestion.
      I will certainly look for it~

       
      • lkwatts67

        May 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        Amish are a wonderful example of a People who live by their own values.

         
      • Gator Woman

        May 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Agree.
        Because of my grandfather, their values are quite similar to mine.
        Except that I am just a wee bit outspoken and too independent, ( the Irish/Shawnee I fear ) and that would not do at all in the Amish Community~

         
      • Gator Woman

        May 31, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Yes they do.
        I have just watched the film that you spoke of, as a kind fellow Hoosier posted it here for all to enjoy.
        It was all so much like being back in Indiana as a child once again. Perfect!

         
      • lkwatts67

        May 31, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        I have shown that film for over 30 years: It started as a 1/2 hr film, then they added footage to an hour; then in 2006 they changed out some old material and added new material. Now it looks like a crazy quilt!

         
  4. infinitelyremote

    May 30, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Thanks for sharing those thoughts and links Gator Woman.
    Here’s a link to the film mentioned by lkwatts67 above: http://youtu.be/8xxRxyrYmRg (thanks lk)

     
    • Gator Woman

      May 31, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      Thank you for this. It was like going home, all so familiar.

       
      • infinitelyremote

        June 1, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        Yes, I thought this was an excellent documentary on the Amish. – Attitude Adjusted…

         
      • Gator Woman

        June 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        It is easy to accept and appreciate them when they are all around you as a child~
        Thank you again for finding it and sharing it!

         
  5. Barbara Harmon Bigham

    May 30, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Enjoyed this read, will come back soon and read more. Not able to read as much as I would like to at the moment. Thanks for all the comments and the posts.

     
    • Gator Woman

      May 31, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      So happy that you liked this dear Cousin~
      Hugs and love to all of you~

       
  6. Impower You

    May 31, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    “This Country spends billions helping people all over the world, so why do we care so little for those who live right here in America..” Well said! We are so quick to blame and to snear at others unless they are suffering in a most obvious way. Compassion is way underrated.

     
  7. Peter Schreiner

    May 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    I don’t know much about the Amish, other than they seem to be peaceful enough, and they make quality woodwork, much of which I own, and they are honest and trusted business folks. Well, I guess I know more about them than I thought.

     
    • Gator Woman

      May 31, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      They deserve to be respected and left to pursue their own culture.
      Understanding them makes this easy.

       

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