The Flying Amish

Saturday afternoon, I accompanied Kyle and two of our friends to go sky diving. And before you ask,  NO no no, I did not go. I am NOT a skydiver, but figured I’d go for moral support & to watch.  Luckily, Saturday turned out to be absolutely beautiful, so got the wonderful chance to bask in the sunshine all day.

While I sat at a picnic table, trading off reading a book and resting my eyes, I looked to my left and saw them:

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Um….Amish people?

Yeah I don’t get it. Aren’t the Amish against technology? According to my research this morning (thanks ask.com), “The Amish are averse to any technology which they feel weakens the family structure. The conveniences that the rest of us take for granted such as electricity, television, automobiles, telephones and tractors are considered to be a temptation that could cause vanity, create inequality, or lead the Amish away from their close-knit community and, as such, are not encouraged or accepted in most orders”.

Why would they tease their children like that? Don’t you find that a little cruel? They sat there literally all afternoon, watching plane after plane take off.  The little boys were so excited each time. What happened after? I’m assuming the parents sat them down and said, “you see that? It may seem like fun, but it will ruin you and destroy our family. If you jump from a plane for “alleged fun”, you will go straight to hell, you will not pass go, OR collect 200 dollars…”

But…maybe they were some sort of cult or polygamist family? Maybe their rules are less strict when it comes to technology and planes?

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  1. Heidi

    Those look like Mennonites, who embrace technology and are not averse to modern contact. So many weird subgroups…

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