I wanted to be an Amish man not too long ago. I'd toyed around with being a Luddite and the next step was Amish, join a community. I tried to find Luddite communities, but they tended to be a bunch of aging hippies smoking dope, losing hope, and trying to write a song. Not what I had in mind. I wanted to be amongst people who knew how to do it right. The success of a person in their area of identity is their calling card. The Amish are the most successful Luddites I know of.
Then I met an Amish girl. You'll have to see my performance on my Facebook page to understand. The poem is called, Owed to an Amish Girl. I recorded it yesterday.
Anywho, I never went that route, but my admiration for the Amish is still higher than my admiration for the Jews and I'm a bit of both. Why, do you ask? Because I was raised to respect Christian doctrine, and sound, sustainable living, and the benefits of a productive heterosexual relationship. Not that I find anything evil about the other ways of doing things, but yeah, they are kind of sinful. Kind of grody to my way of thinking, but that's just me. I say, live and let live, if it doesn't have you stepping on my toes when I come out in the morning to pick up the paper.
I admire all people who aren't hypocrites and the Amish are among the least hypocritical people I've ever met. Okay, so they're cheap, but where in The Bible does it say, be thou not really frugal? Didn't Christ say, waste not want not? If he didn't, he should have.
The Amish show charity amongst their own and they don't proselytize. They're very insular and they don't want people like me joining the group just to have a shot at one of their youngie. And this is why I would have been a good Amish, because I would have been in it for the relationship with God, as well as the shot at a youngie. I'm not a hypocrite either. I like hard work and good, clean living. I like sex done the old-fashioned way. All this new-fangled sex just leaves me feeling confused. Too many choices. Too many variables. Too many barriers.
Anywhat, the point of this post is to point out something that I saw in the movies, High Noon, and Witness. Okay, in High Noon, Grace Kelly wasn't an Amish girl, she was Quaker, but the concept was the same, she was a pacifist. And this is what always bugs me when Hollywood gets their grubby hands on a pacifist. They have to have the pacifist kill somebody, or advocate killing to make them look like hypocrites. Those Hollywood people would like to have you believe that nobody, absolutely nobody, when push comes to shove, would choose pacifism over dying, or saving a loved one. It's as if these writers never heard of a dude named Jesus. That was the point, I think.
So Quaker Grace Kelly comes back to stand with her man and ends up killing the bad guys too, and she's all proud of herself at the end, like a real Quaker should be. And in Witness, the old Amish dude explains to the young kid that sometimes you have to kill bad people to protect those you love, and I'm like, what? Couldn't they actually find one Amish to fact check with? Well, that's not what it was. They wanted the Amish to look like hypocrites, like mealy-mouthed, little, morally-bereft, bull shitters like the audience. Real Amish watched their little girls get murdered by a deranged man and then forgave him, saying that they were thankful that they weren't responsible for judging that man's soul. Believing that their little girls had gone to Heaven to be with God and Jesus.
I hate these messages of moral relativism. As if the only reason anyone has beliefs is an egotistical desire to feel superior, not a real religious desire to live within the articles of faith elucidated by a divine being. I'm not an absolutist on those articles of faith. I have my own set of principles that I've developed that have a close connection to those of Jesus Christ, but I am not a pacifist, not yet anyway, but I'd like to be, to think that I could eventually come to such a resolution with this world that my earthly being pales in comparison to my spiritual nature.
It is not obviously pragmatic to live for a future life in a spiritual state. To a lot of people it appears crazy, naïve, magical thinking, but to me, having met Quakers and Amish who aren't hypocrites, who would allow themselves to be killed rather take another life, who would forgive the person doing them harm, I find their commitment to the ideals of their beliefs mystifying and refreshing.