By Pauline Stevick
A sequence of vignettes describing Amish humans and customs
Pauline Stevick has visited greater than 50 Amish houses in several Amish settlements around the state. She has attended weddings, viewings, tuition classes and courses, relatives gatherings, and greater than a dozen church providers. She has ridden in Amish carriages and has even slept in Amish houses. via her shut organization with the Amish, she has received specific standpoint and is ready to offer willing perception right into a tradition that's misunderstood through many. past the apparent and easy reminds readers that even though the Amish gown in nearly exact garments, they've got certain personalities and convictions. In vignettes and reflections she unearths the ways that individuals of the Amish neighborhood dwell out their religion opposed to the heritage in their communal tradition, the entire whereas emphasizing their individuality. issues diversity from Amish relations values to ladies to a retirement group in Florida to an Amish highbrow. Stevick's eloquent narration is descriptive instead of expository as she usually attracts comparisons among Amish society and mainstream society, occasionally who prefer the Amish methods and at different occasions wondering them. past the apparent and easy portrays the Amish as dynamic those that event struggles, mess ups, and successes no longer targeted to their group.
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You can understand it and it is yours. Of course, Einstein had to work for years -- then he was able to discover it. You need not work. If you are ready to understand and put your mind to it, in just a few hours you will understand. But the same is not true about religious truth. Buddha discovered, Christ discovered, Nanak and Kabir discovered, but their discovery cannot become your discovery. You will have to rediscover it again. You will have to move again from ABC; you cannot just believe in them.
You know. ' Of course the questioner was very shocked. He had come from far away, from Germany, and he was a great seeker of God and he was hoping for much. Then this man simply says a flat no. ' Once you know, what is the point of belief? Belief is in ignorance. If you know, you know. And it is good that if you don't know, know that you don't know -- the belief can deceive you. The belief can create an atmosphere in your mind, where, without knowing, you start thinking that you know. Belief is not trust, and the more strongly you say that you believe totally, the more you are afraid of the doubt within you.
Smell is a capacity; just like seeing and hearing, smelling is a capacity. ' one feels offended because one has completely forgotten that it is a capacity. There is a famous anecdote about an English thinker, Dr. Johnson. He was sitting in a stagecoach and a lady entered. She said to Dr. ' But he was a man of language, letters, a grammarian. He said, 'No, madam. You smell. ' Smell is a capacity. 'You smell. ' Linguistically he is right. That's how it should be if you follow grammar. But the very word has become very condemnatory.