Within this assessment I will be answering the Amish culture and beliefs Question. I will be explaining the culture of the Amish and there beliefs leading them to react the way they do and the English culture and there beliefs leading them to act in a multicultural way. Later on I will be talking about who has the better way of life.
Until 1517 all Christians were Roman Catholics then in 1517, Martin Luther led the protestant reformation against the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church. This was first break in Christianity. Then in 1525 the new protestant faith was split because some Christians didn’t believe people should be baptised until they were adults. They were called Anabaptists, later still the Amish (named after Jacob Amman) split from the Anabaptists (1693) because they wanted to include foot washing and shunning in their worship. The Amish were often persecuted in Europe, so migrated to the USA in the 1700’s where Amish communities still exist today.
Amish way of life
The Amish men wear hats, straw for work and black felt for worship. The Amish women wear bonnets and they both wear plain clothes, dull colours, no patterns and married men have beards, single men don’t, their bodies fully covered, no make no or jewellery, hooks and eyes on there jackets no buttons and they all must not be hochmud. They do this because of there beliefs, some of there beliefs are. They do not compete with each other, or with god and Amish are Christian fundamentalists.
The Amish all do different jobs the men would have different jobs to the women. Some of the men’s jobs are farming, building, Elders run the community and men take the leading courting the women’s jobs are house work, Quilting, kirche which means church and kinder which means children and kuche means cooking. They do this because they believe in the creation story (Genesis) where Eve is created from Adam’s rib and women would mean wombed man.
The Amish don’t have the technology we have now and they don’t use cars they use horse and cart, with modern indicators and lights (due to US legal requirements) they also have water power, hurricane lamps, basic carpentry for building, basic farming methods, horse drawn farm equipment and no telephones and electrical goods ect. They do this because they believe the bible instructs withdrawal from the “sinful” “English/Yankees” so, because of separation from modern USA, technology has not moved on greatly from their arrival in USA in 1690’s.
English way of life
The English people are encouraged to be individual and to express our sexuality, they have different clothing for different occasions, because we’re multicultural, there are exceptions, e.g. Uniform, school sports ect. They do this because the British culture encourages individuality which leads to diversity and specialisation this allows them to become experts in one area which leads to more efficient money making. This is because they are materialistic.
All the English jobs are open to both sexes except some military roles and Roman Catholic priests. They allow this because of the English beliefs one of them is women often return to work after childbirth because materialistic needs are considered a priority over child rearing money can buy a child a “good start” in life.
The English transport and technology is very advanced compared to the Amish, often it’s environmentally harmful. They invent this for speed and efficiency in transport, technology and communication makes money.
My quality of life
My quality of life would be similar to the English culture and involve modern technology. But I would not have technology that is environmentally harmful. You would also have less work to do and have more freedom.
The quality of life answer
I don’t think the beliefs and values of the Amish culture lead them to have a better quality of life. I think it would be worse because they have less freedom and they have to work harder with there jobs where Britain don’t have to work as hard and they have more freedom. One of the reasons why I think this is because I have been brawled up in an English culture. If I was brawled up in an Amish culture than I may have a different opinion on the quality of life.