I really don't think that it is all that funny. Growing up is difficult at best (as we all know), and when your parents have such a STRICT set of rules to follow, it has GOT to be hard for a young person not to rebel a bit. I think the fact that 90% quit their wild ways eventually and join the church later speaks well for their upbringing. However I wouldn't want to be their folks worrying that they might be the 10%. Well, I guess I worry about my kids too, so maybe it's not much different. Notice that the 14 year old WANTED to talk to her parents - she wasn't afraid of them.
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People from permissive environments tend to view strictness as a synonym to meanness. Hollywood has a lot to do with this perception, IMO. I grew up in a strict religious household, not like the Amish, but strict enough, never-the-less. My mother had little or no tolerance for...(abbreviated list) alcohol, cursing, tobacco, laziness etc etc. However, she is, and was, a loving mother who was primarily concerned with the welfare of her children and their future. Many of my friends and my older brother, also followed paths similar to the stories in the article. Most of them, including my brother settled down and came back to church and a more moderate lifestyle, by their own choice. Many pleasure crazed Americans chafe at the thought of rules and regulations, structure and accountability. There is something to be said for those concepts. I enjoy many freedoms, yet I deny myself somethings simply because I believe I'll be a better person w/o them. It is along the same lines as a Hindu denying themselves meat, due to religious conviction. Yes you are missing out on something, yet the absence of that pleasure is not just a void that remains unfilled. Something else takes its place.
The Amish live a simple life, much different from most of us. There is something attractive about that way of life. There is a price to pay for that simplicity.... (bad word) self control. I'll shut up now, been rambling.
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