Posted by: thebylog | November 7, 2006

Amish and Making Money

I went to a talk last night about the plain people of Pennsylvania. One remarkable thing about the Amish is how successful they are in business, with only a limited education. Education is exalted in our society, but it goes to show you that education isn’t the end-all and be-all of anything, since you can be clearly successful – even by our society’s standards – without knowing more (academically) than how to read, write, and do ‘rithmetic.

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  1. I think it has more to do with having a good work ethic. Education has it’s uses, but there is nothing like good hard work to get you where you need to be. One minus about the Amish’s lack of education though is their susceptiblity to alternative medical treatments, even I’m sad to say New Age. What is sadder is the lack of Biblical education in many of their churches which leaves them open to a lot of false doctrine. We need to keep praying for those in the old order churches that their eyes would be open to the truth of the Gospel.

  2. I recently talked with a friend whose husband chose not to go to college since he felt he could be successful with the twin virtues of hard work and honesty. His passion is planes, and he began with cleaning them, but moved on to be an airplane mechanic and now a pilot through his employers’ gratitude for his work and offering to pay for his training.
    The Amish also value hard work and honesty, which explains at least some of their success.

  3. I would second what lajoyn said about the drawbacks to the Amish’s lack of education. I would also add that God said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6a). I once heard a preacher say that education is an idol. While I think education can become an idol, if not pursued for the right purposes, or pursued in wrong directions, I would also say that lack of education can also be an idol, and quite likely is for some Plain people.


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