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What can preppers learn from the Amish lifestyle?

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A documentary called, “The Amish: A People of Preservation.”


This 54 minute PBS Documentary can help preppers to learn about the Amish lifestyle in a more emotional, multisensory manner than is possible with a book. It was finished in 2003, but some of the film footage dates back as far as the 1970’s.

The Amish live mainly in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, Indiana, New York, and Ontario. These people are dedicated to their Anabaptist religion, to their families, and to their community church districts that average between 20 and 40 families. One example of their community spirit was obvious in the film footage that showed dozens of Amish families working together to build a new barn, after one of their families lost their barn because of a fire. The Amish also believe in simple living, and they avoid many of the conveniences of modern technology. They put a high value on rural life, manual labor, and personal humility.

Watching this movie can help preppers and their families to realize that, since the Amish live without:

  1. Electricity, preppers and their families also can live without it during blackouts.
  2. Cars, preppers and their families also can live without cars during short term disasters such as blizzards.
  3. TV, the internet, and electronic entertainment, preppers and their families also can live without these modern conveniences during short term disasters such as hurricanes or ice storms.
  4. Many labor saving devices and find pleasure in communal labor, preppers and their families also can do likewise during disasters.

These are just a few of the lessons that preppers can learn from the Amish. Mennonite historian John Ruth, and the author, Dr. John A. Hostetler, both give insights that make this film a valuable teaching tool for preppers.

We live in an era when our cell phones sometimes ring during church services, funerals, weddings, and family dinners. Perhaps the absence of some of our modern amenities can help us to realize the advantages of an old fashioned lifestyle that was slower, simpler, and more intimate.