“How many of you have TV in your homes” Fifty-two hands went up. “Now, how many of you feel that perhaps you would be better off without TV in your homes?” Again, fifty-two hands went up. “All right. Now, how many of you are going to go home and get rid of your TV?” Not one hand went up!
Now that is what it means to be Amish.
So, in the end, this particular Amishman defined being Amish as the living out of beliefs.
For those readers of mine who do not read Carmon’s blog, I just wanted to offer up this other, moving example of how this fact of Amish life, this marriage of belief and behavior, has manifest itself in their community, this time in response to the recent school slayings. Carmon writes:
Many have noted the wonderful lack of acrimony on the part of the Amish community toward the family of the man who killed the young girls. The Amish have taken food to the man’s widow and children, and they have given them words of comfort and prayers.
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