none of the Amish are planning on spending any money to make sure we get good coverage.
The more serious and authentic coverage can even help some of the Amish understand themselves better.
And also there is kind of an awareness that the tone of the media coverage is usually somewhat more respectful and sympathetic than it was 50 or 75 years ago, especially in the academic circles, for which there is an appreciation amongst the Amish.
And that really is what this conversation is about—to better understand and appreciate each other
Ain't it grand how were all just all one happy family? I'm bout ready to burst into tears!
One of the comments gets a little to close to the truth
I can see that this Amishman is a bit more educated and aware of world happenings than the average. I wonder how the response would be from the "average" Amishman
Far be it from Eric to associate with the rif raf of the Amish world. He likes to hang with the elite and the ed-you-ma-kated types.
(back to the interview)
A computer in a home just simply would not fly. I personally have no desire to have one at home largely because of the problem of monitoring who sees what with the children.
It's called a filter, but then again I've always said that "the wife and kids, they just don't need to know what's going on, ya know, that's a man's job". Yeppers!
Some wish for more intense spiritual expression, in other words they do not appreciate the quiet and deep spirituality that can come from traditional methods of worship.
Oooooh man, you stepped in it now! I'm not religious enough to give a shit about these things, but somebody's gonna bitch slap yo ass on that one!
Had I said "circle jerk" yet?
This is a fantastic interview, amazing in fact. A very articulate and educated individual was the subject of your interview. Very impressive indeed.
I'd say your friend is probably a little more astute than many of the Amish that I have met, but then again he seems to be more astute than most of the non-Amish I have met as well!
Ya know, they're over there just gushing over this interview, and maybe there's something to it. But I'm getting the sense that what they're doing is the same thing that happens at a museum. They're ogling at a specimen that's behind glass.
This interview was probably the staged equivalent of Sarah Palin's convention speech. If the Amish guy had to perform in his admirers' world at a level worthy of the accolades being showered on him, he'd probably crumble like a museum piece that's subjected to the elements after being behind glass for a century.
It's kind-a sad, you know. A testimony to the truly oppressive nature of the Amish community. Some blogger manages to roll one out from underneath a rock, and people are AGHAST! LOOK! they scream, "it can even talk!"