I have thought many times about how the Amish are the ultimate off grid preppers however I am afraid if we have a total collapse they will be easy targets for looters and thugs who want what they have.
The lifestyle could just continue right on along from a technical standpoint but as you say they'd be extinct in short order. God helps those who help themselves. When people rely on him to do everything for them he is often notably absent.
i don't think He is absent. it is just the wise and foolish maiden syndrome. He wants you to join the feast and have a good time but you've got to put some oil in the lamp--or, in modern terms, put some shells in the shotgun. not that i have one myself.it is also a reminder of the admonition to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves. you've got to get the wisdom in there along with the blamelessness.deb harvey
I figure if I can't get it done myself, it probably won't get done. My father in law was a missionary in Nigeria and Niger for more than twenty years. He was a very religious man but he kept fuel and bribe money buried in the mission compound so he could get his family out if the Moslems decided to massacre all the Christians. That's my brand of religion.
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I disagree about them being easy pickin;s in a collapse scenario. If they can continue to provide food and manufacture useful items, there will be no shortage of communities willing to do violence on their behalf. Although, realistically, theyd probably refuse to trade with anyone who did.
I think your last point is correct. They wouldn't hire protection based on what I know of them, which admittedly is not that much. Maybe in the crunch they bend their rules. There's some show on TV about the Amish, I saw about five minutes of it once, and one of them had a shotgun. But you know how reliable these type of shows are.