Amish culture - Name : Le Thanh Yen SID : 880357722 Modern...

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Name : Le Thanh Yen SID : 880357722 Modern technology and Amish transportation Amish lifestyle is dictated by the Ordnung (German, meaning: order), which differs slightly from community to community, and, within a community, from district to district. What is acceptable in one community may not be acceptable in another. No summary of Amish lifestyle and culture can be totally adequate, because there are few generalities that are true for all Amish. Groups may separate over matters such as the width of a hat-brim, the color of buggies, or various other issues. The use of tobacco (excluding cigarettes, which are considered "worldly") and moderate use of alcohol are generally permitted, particularly among older and more conservative groups. Amish household The Older Order Amish are known for their avoidance of certain modern technologies. Amish do not view technology as evil, and individuals may petition for acceptance of a particular technology in the local community. In Pennsylvania, bishops meet in the spring and fall to discuss common concerns, including the appropriate response to new technology, and then pass this information on to ministers and deacons in a subsequent meeting. Because of this flat governing structure, variations of practice develop in each community. Amish farmers' market in Preston, Minnesota .
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High voltage electricity was rejected by 1920 through the actions of a strict bishop, as a reaction against more liberal Amish and to avoid a physical connection to the outside world. Because of the early prohibition of electricity, individual decisions about the use of new inventions such as the television would not be necessary. Electricity is used in some situations when it can be produced without access to outside power lines . Batteries, with their limited applications, are sometimes acceptable. Electric generators may be used for welding, recharging batteries, and powering milk stirrers in many communities. Outdoor electrical appliances such as riding and hand-pushed lawn mowers and string trimmers are used in some communities. Some Amish families have non-electric versions of appliances, such as kerosene-powered refrigerators . Some Old Order Amish districts may allow the use of thermal solar panels . Telephone booth set up by an "English" farmer
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for emergency use by local Amish families. The Ordnung is the guide to community standards, rather than doctrine that defines sin. For example, the four Old Order Amish communities of Allen County, Indiana , are more conservative than most; they use open buggies, even during the winter, and they wear black leather shoes even in the hot summer. Restrictions are not meant to impose suffering Disabled people are allowed to use motorized wheelchairs ; electricity is allowed in the home for medical equipment. Those who break the rules may be given many months to resolve the problem so that they can use a computer to complete a business project or remove electric wiring from a new house. The Old Order Amish tend to restrict telephone use, as it is viewed by some as interfering with separation
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This note was uploaded on 06/04/2011 for the course ACCT 1212 taught by Professor Tuck during the Spring '11 term at greenriver.edu.

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