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  • Tue, Sep 28, 2021 - 08:49am

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    brushhog

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So we have a new very strong Amish community in my area. I know very little about the Amish and Ive become deeply curious since seeing their presence in my area. They’ve bought up a number of farms in a sort of “cluster” and we see them driving their buggies around, selling vegetables, building/selling sheds, coups, and other structures, as well as operating primitive mills and selling rough cut lumber.

Ive done some research and found that the Amish in our area are from a sect known as the “Swartzenrubers”, which are one of the most conservative groups. They arent allowed to use really any technology and cant even accept a ride in a car unless its an emergency. On their buggies, they arent allowed to use mirrors or even the red triangular safety sticker. Really, really basic folk.

The other day my wife and I were riding horses. There’s a series of dirt roads and trails around the properties here and we sometimes ride as the neighboring property owners said its ok [ off hunting season ]. We came on this little group of Amish guys building a shed on a neighboring property. Being curious and of the belief that a smile and friendly chat are generally understood and accepted everywhere, in every culture, all over the world….I decided to ride up and say hello. My wife didnt want to, I guess she felt a little shy and unsure how to approach and relate to them. But I rode up with a big wave and said hello.

They stopped working and came over to chat, smoke their pipes, and look at our horses. They were very impressed and interested in our horse’s feet which they guessed instantly were done by my wife herself. Now my wife is out of her shell and beaming with pride. We had a nice conversation, even a few jokes about our names sounding Amish, and we went on our way.

A couple of days later I took a ride out to their sawmill to price some lumber. Again, nice guys. They seemed very normal in a simple unassuming way. His wife brought out some coffee while we talked. I can’t explain it but I feel like I clicked and understand these people more than you would think. It all just makes sense.

That same day, after leaving the Amish, I take a ride into town. I see weird looking guys with tattoos standing in front of the store…they looked like they had substance abuse problems. Those hungry eyes. I go in, the girl behind the counter has blue hair and tats up and down her arms. The people on line are all staring at their phones…they can’t just ‘stand in line’, they cannot do it, they are now physically incapable of simply standing. Besides which, they all look weird somehow. At the gas pump a guy pulls in next to me trailering a 150k boat. He gets out yelling at his wife, glances at me, sneers, and proceeds to fill his Escalade.

I might be an oddball to find the most conservative Amish people more normal than these modern Americans [ but I dont think so ]? I can’t help notice but that the stark contrast between them really brought out how “wrong” modern people seem to me. Normally I might not notice. But there is something very wrong with our society and its gotten alot worse in the past 10 years, hasnt it? It isnt just me, right? Those people stuck in 1850 are the normal ones, and WE are the freaks!

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    Mike from Jersey

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I see the same thing traveling in so-called third world countries. The people do not have material riches but they seem happier. In some places I am absolutely astonished by how happy the people are despite not having material wealth.

And I am not talking about “relatively happy,” despite their poverty.  I mean that overall, they are clearly much happier than Americans or Europeans.

  • Tue, Sep 28, 2021 - 09:00am

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Interesting story. I just had an interaction with some Amish people in Wisconsin last week. There is something different about them, a sort of calmness or focus of attention. I attributed it to the fact that they aren’t bombarded with media overstimulation 24/7 like the rest of us. They just seem wired differently. I’m sure it has advantages and disadvantages, but I bet they sleep more soundly if nothing else.

  • Tue, Sep 28, 2021 - 09:41am

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I see the same thing traveling in so-called third world countries. The people do not have material riches but they seem happier. In some places I am absolutely astonished by how happy the people are despite not having material wealth

Do you notice that talking to people like that it feels more natural? Like human to human? When I talk to alot of modern people, I dont get that. Its like there is something in the way. Its harder to connect and see the human being in there.

  • Tue, Sep 28, 2021 - 09:44am

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It’s funny you posted this story BH. There is a new Amish community that has started buying up farms and land around here as well. I’ve honestly want to walk up and ask them if I can join their tribe. I do not like the direction our society is headed. Maybe that’s why I don’t have many friends. I’m wired different. I think if one is on PP – they are wired differently (in a good way)

Your comment about phones: it’s one of my pet peeves. I’m one the few – especially among my age group – that does not have smart phone. Just el cheapo flip phone. I’m in awe how much and how long people can stare at that thing. It’s another appendage. I was asked once “Geez, How much time do you spend in your garden?” “Um about 1/10th the amount of time you spend on your cell phone.” In fact at our hospital we had to implement a no cell phone policy in the operating room and post-anesthesia unit (unless your on break) because staff was staring at their phone too much and not paying attention to their patients/vitals/montors/machines

In regards to happiness: A nice book to read- The Blue Zones of Happiness. Dan Buettner

  • Tue, Sep 28, 2021 - 09:49am

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    Mike from Jersey

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brushhog,

You wrote:

Do you notice that talking to people like that it feels more natural? Like human to human? When I talk to alot of modern people, I dont get that. Its like there is something in the way. Its harder to connect and see the human being in there.

Absolutely. In the “third world” people are “present” for you. They are in the “here and now.” You feel like they are paying attention to you.

Too many times in the US and Europe, people’s minds are somewhere else.

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Remember that comic strip “The Far Side”? I want to do a Far Side comic where a blue haired, trans-lesbian couple are getting into their Prius carrying a pie they bought from an Amish farm.

As they are getting in they say to each other “boy those Amish are strange people”. In the background a smiling Amish couple are waving goodbye.

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Even better; Trailing behind the blue haired couple are a pair of adopted Asian kids. One is obese, stuffing its face with chips from a bag, the other has its face buried in a screen with swirling hypnotized eyes.

In the background of the Amish farm, the kids are milking a cow and building a fence.

  • Tue, Sep 28, 2021 - 10:00am

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I’ve had similar experiences where I am in central NY. Family farming is all but gone. The Amish have been moving in and buying up the land and old farmsteads and restarting them.  I love it when they clop by.  It gives the neighborhood a since of nostalgia.  I’m sure you perceive that nothing is perfect. A man at church helps some Amish get access to mental health services. That really surprised me. For one, I didn’t think they would go outside of their community in this way – don’t know what order they are.  So, unto ourselves, we are all broken and imperfect.  I too appreciate the ordered lives they live. They seem to have what many of us pray for: faith, hope, and charity. What is it that can seem so appealing and fascinating about them?  I mean, it’s not that most of us would want to live their lives of hard work and lack of conveniences.  I think it’s probably two things:  they didn’t make a god out of progress; and, their commitment to family and community.  Their lives are centered in both God, as they practice their faith, and an incredible devotion to their family and community. In short, they know who they are, what their identity is, and where their purpose, belonging, and security comes from. By comparison, we (English) – as a collective group – are utterly lost!

  • Tue, Sep 28, 2021 - 10:10am

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brushhog, appreciated very much your thoughts; thanks for sharing!  and just think, nature has already demonstrated the ability to send us all back to the 1850s. I reference the Carrington event of 1859, a CME which melted most of the telegraph  lines of the day.  To my way of thinking, that was a shot across the bow for later generations.  In much of preparedness, being able to live off grid, or without grid, is one of the goals.  The Amish and others who have already been living that way will have an  advantage.

  • Tue, Sep 28, 2021 - 10:21am

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    wrong by design

The phone hypnotism isn’t an accident.  Neither is the niacin deficiency.  Neither is the vit-D deficiency.  Neither is the red/blue artificial war.  Neither is “eternal war”.  Neither is captured media.  Neither is the rigged election.  Neither is the elite capture by “someone” (Epstein definitely didn’t kill himself).

None of it is an accident.  I’d modify the usual saying to be: “weaken, divide, indebt, enslave, harvest, and rule.”

The Amish stand outside almost all of it.

Those tatooed people in line – I’m guessing they were all niacin deficient.  Not to put too fine a point on it.  A huge chunk of America is first phone-hypnotized, made to feel bad (who can compete with “instagram influencers”), and then are self-medicating.  Jobs sent off to China too, just for fun.

That’s just my guess.

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