Amish Life Versus City Life (part 1)
Imagine for a moment what life might be like inside an Amish community. Could you do it? Would you be able to last even one day? Would you even want to? Life on an Amish farm is difficult, even for the Amish themselves, but that's sort of the whole point. To the Amish, life should be difficult. They believe that only through hard work and a devotion to God will they ever be able to enter heaven. With all of the modern conveniences that we have come to enjoy, would it even be possible to go back to that simpler way of life? It seems almost impossible to consider going backwards after all the luxuries we are provided with every day. However, the simpler life does have its appeal and many benefits for even the most pampered city dwellers.
Consider the way we eat. The Amish work the land and know exactly where their food comes from. The Amish are known for using only natural products when it comes to growing crops and rearing livestock. They till their own land, plant their own seeds, and harvest their own crops. There is no fear of chemicals or insecticides being used in these foods because they know they are natural, fresh, and clean because they grew everything themselves. Their livestock are fed all natural diets, raised humanely, and slaughtered with dignity. There is no fear of food contamination because everything is done right there. Food goes from farm to plate.
Now, consider the food you eat in the city. Do you even know where your food comes from? You probably don't even know what's in the food you eat most of the time. Chemicals, fillers, and all sorts of preservatives are put into the food you eat in order to keep it fresh for as long as possible. While most city people don't even think for a moment where their food comes from and spend little time preparing it, we really don't have a clue what is in our food. Of course, we don't have to slaughter the cow to get that juicy tasting hamburger, but it is a little frightening to consider what all is in that burger besides beef. If all the restaurants and grocery stores closed today, do you think you could manage to feed yourself tomorrow? Probably not, but the Amish do it every day.
Work on an Amish farm is incredibly difficult. Most Amish families get up way before the sun comes up to start with their morning chores. The animals need to be fed, the family needs to be fed, and household chores need to be completed before the day begins. Amish men then go off to their farm or construction jobs. Because electricity is forbidden, horse drawn tractors are used in the fields and diesel powered generators are used to power tools. Amish women tend to the garden, yard, and house duties including making Amish quilts for every bed. This might include mowing the lawn with a push mower or sewing new clothes for the family using a needle and thread. The children too rush off to school for a full day of learning how to read English, basic math skills, how to plan meals, prepare fields, and drive a buggy. The work day rarely ends before sundown when the evening meal is eaten and the beds are prepared for a good night's sleep.
Amish Life Versus City Life (part 2)