Thanks for reading or subscribing to my blog. Evidently you've learned a bit about the complex Amish culture and discovered that I'm sharing my experiences with ex-Amish to help others see a truer picture of the culture than the rosy, everything-is-perfect Amish fiction books.
Although truth is better than fiction, many people choose to absorb themselves in the fantasy, half-truth that EVERYTHING Amish is splendid, they cannibalize romance books, and seek to emulate these most "Christian" people.
|No truth please|
Unless I've not made it clear:
The Amish culture consists of many different strata. Each strata - Order - has different rules. Any author worth her salt will be professional enough to write accurately and refrain from painting the culture with broad strokes indicating all Amish are happy, contented, simple people. Those who believe that, need to turn a light on in their darkened cavernous mind.
WARNING: if you're one who believes in utopia, cover your eyes and ears 'cause here's some truth: there are Amish who are miserable, in bondage to rules, empty, robotic. There is rape, incest, infant mortality due to neglect, bullying, spousal and child abuse. Human rights violations exists within particular orders. Not all Amish are Christians. There are sects that see you (non-Amish) with dollar signs in your eyes; they want your money, not your friendship.
Do me a favor? Tell others to avoid assuming, because I provide a lens to look closer and seek to understand this misunderstood culture, that I'm anti-Amish. They produced a very fine and much loved son-in-law to our family. They can be resourceful, industrious, and good-humored. There are also lazy Amish. Oops, I forgot to warn people to cover their ears.
You who are compassionate, brave enough to go against the trend, and like to learn have my respect. Continue reading my blog for more true stories . . . some might be funny. Those who want to entertain a utopia where no evil exists need to move on to an Amish Romance book.