Friday, November 12, 2010

The Devil's Playground

Being brought up in an Amish lifestyle includes no electricity, no musical instruments, and no access into the "Devil's Playground."  The "Devil's Playground" is the Amish term for the American way of life.  Amish culture forbids any knowledge of modern culture.  Since education in Amish culture is intentionally stopped at 8th grade, one has no real ability to leave the culture.  This lack of education leaves the average Amish person with little opportunities to support themselves in a life other than farming in Amish community.
Supposably,  the Amish teenagers are given the opportunity to spend 24 hours in the "Devil's Playground" to choose whether they would like to live a life with the Amish or join modern society, although this usually only applies to males within amish community.  But how much choice are they given when they only posses an 8th grade level education at the age of 16?  What kind of jobs can they acquire as an uneducated minor in the modern society?  This choice to stay in modern society is a one-time choice, meaning that they cannot decide to come back later if they so desire.  Choosing to stay in modern American culture also entails that a person will not be in communication with their family ever again.  So as it may seem a "fair" ultimatum to the average person, how "fair" opportunity is it?  With little education, money, family, support, or real job experience, I'd say not as fair as one would think.

5 comments:

  1. I don't think your information is correct about the Amish. Look up rumspringa.

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  2. They prefer to keep the youth young and dumb. Read a short article about the Amish and you will know 90 % more about the Amish than they know about themselves. The young are horny and giddy. The old are stubborn and abusive. Women come somewhere between a good buggy horse and a good bull.

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  3. An old friend was the youngest of 9 children raised in the Amish community in Indiana. At 16, he left the community and got a bachelors degree an a masters degree. He was a psychiatric social worker who worked with Chicago hospitals and did volunteer work to provide social work for the poor for 40 years. His legacy has been one of good will and education, and yes, he has remained in contact with his family as well.

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  4. Supposedly rather than supposably since
    We're talking education

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  5. Supposedly rather than supposably since
    We're talking education

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