When I was traveling back to school today, I took a detour through Amish country. And all the while I was traveling through, I thought about their culture. Could you imagine not having the conveniences of modern technology? Could you imagine denying such changes? Could you imagine riding in a horse and buggy everywhere you go?
This Christian culture doesn’t know any different. Yes, we couldn’t imagine living in such a lifestyle, but could they imagine living like we do today?
They’ve accepted their roles in family structures. Compliance of rules and regulations of each region or family is very important. Integrity and respect comes with their family name. Could you imagine living a week or two in their shoes? Life would be simpler.
Yes, it may be more laborious and tiresome, but physical exhaustion can be overcome. No computers, no televisions. No distractions. Sometimes in our lives, I honestly think we should just eliminate things from our lives or “unplug” to realize how good we have it.
The ease of our luxuries are distracting us what’s truly important. Our relationships with God, family, and friends. Life is complicated. And technology, including email, texting, and so on aren’t making things easier, it’s just complicating our lives even more. Everything we do, everything we say may be taken in the wrong context that may be read differently in person. We’ve lost sight of the importance of the personal, intimate, physical relationships we have with people. Yes, I understand, “well I have to rely on technology to do my school work, stay in contact with people; I just can’t go a day without my computer or phone.” I realize this.
Instead of texting a friend, why don’t you go visit them in person. I truly think if we get back to the Amish way of thinking of honoring and respecting God and the family structure, we can help solve a lot of problems we have as a country.