Profitable Preparedness Podcast – Episode 46
The Amish… The Original Preparedness Group
Where we help hardworking people in the preparedness community break out of corporate America to live a totally free life.
The Amish are one of the original groups of people considered to be preppers. And, it is one of the groups that have continued their lifestyle even in a world inundated with technology and conveniences. We live about 30 minutes from a fairly large Amish community, so we have gained some insights into their life through first hand experiences and encounter.
For those who do not know, The Amish do not have electricity and rely predominantly on hand tools, the old way of doing things and above all else attention to detail and craftsmanship. The individual churches are responsible for deciding, within each Amish community, what is an acceptable technological compromise for their community. They have to be careful not to adopt too many conveniences for fear of being reprimanded or cast out from the Amish community.
When traveling through Amish communities things are different. Parking lots are filled with hitching posts, horse and buggies parade through town and the countryside. And… there is horse crap everywhere. Little girls play baseball in the farms in their homemade dresses and little boys run around chasing each other in their homemade overalls and shirts. Shoes are mended before throwing them out, everyone has pulley system clothes lines shooting at 45 degree angles into the sky (even in the winter).
If you have never had the pleasure of visiting a hardware store in an Amish community you should. They have hand tools that I have never seen elsewhere that have taken generations of thought on ways to make jobs easier that you can buy as well as baked goods, jars of jam and in some cases bulk frozen fruit and meat.
In today’s podcast, we will talk about the mindset of the community from an outsider’s perspective, the specific ways that they live, and the technological compromises that they have made throughout the generations.
The Simplicity Mindset
- They are very much like our ancestors who discovered our great land, focusing on what their basic needs are rather than the much common materialistic wants of our society
- They are carpenters, farmers, repairmen, gardeners, seamstresses and practitioners wrapped all into one
- Even at a very young age amish children are expected to chip in with farm and household jobs
- They don’t fall prey to our society’s expectations; what they can live without we cannot
- They value their community and have a very strong bond with one another
- They work hard for what they have and don’t expect a handout
- The Amish have a practiced lifestyle to obtain true freedom
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