well you dont have to be amish to have a simple life
I definitely agree that it is a simpler lifestyle, and appealing in that sense. However, some of their rules and traditions are a bit out there. I might go so far as to say that they are a bit closed minded. But, that aside, knowing what you know about society today you can still start living simply in the country, but if you want you can have things like communication (like a phone) to contact loved ones, modern plumbing, and access to modern medical care.
I personally wish I could go back to the Pioneer days because life was simpler back then, so I definitely see where you are coming from :)
Give up your devil computer, English, and no electricity or car! My life is pretty simple - no car, airco, cell phone - and I enjoy all the benefits of Boston. Plus I don't need to speak whatever they do [German?]. Upstate New York also has colonies of them. Nice people but not my lifestyle.
I doubt it's any simpler .....they have lots of rules.
Can you use the outhouse at -20?
It may be simpler but its very hard work. Besides that, they speak German. You could be a Mennonite but not Amish... (I was born in Pennsylvania Amish country)
1. Don't take this wrong, but I dunno how happy they'd be about a non white person living with them.
2. You'd be expected to do chores, farm, garden, mend clothing, cook, clean, take care of the baby, Also you are a woman, equality between the sexes is not an amish tenet.
3. You CANNOT do anything to your hair, no make-up, no blow dryer, no running hot water, no heat, no modern shampoos, conditioners, and soaps.
4. You forfeit your right to vote, your hair must always be covered, you may not speak to a man unless spoken to, and you must be pious in the eyes of the lord.
And that's just for starters, You really want to be Amish, read this and see if it doesn't change your mind. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amish_way_of_life
Yeah, I agree that aspects of their philosophy are worth integrating. But, the concepts like, shunning are not.
You can ask for Divine guidance about what changes would be good for you to make.
Sure, just do whatever you're commanded to do without regards to any of your desires. The Amish are NOT people who live a simple life.
Go to Lancaster County PA and see what these people do.
You'll change your mind in a nanosecond.
If you have a farmer's market near you that doesn't count because the majority of them are Mennonite.
A bit too simple methinks