Amish people reject societies electric utilities and grid but do allow themselves to make use of the sun’s rays. Referring to solar power as “God’s Grid” some Amish are selling solar panels. They use solar power to juice up the typical gadgets but also to charge up the batteries under their buggy’s.
This blurb from the Hartford Courant: “The Amish decide on whether to adapt to a new technology based on two implications: their separation from the world and the impact on the community,” said Kraybill, the professor.
To protect their community from the influence of the outside world, the Amish sometimes wait for a bishop council meeting before installing special solar equipment.”
Apparently they’re quite fearful about allowing technology into their lives and homes that would be a doorway to watering down their strict culture. Understandably, they don’t want their children being corrupted by modern society and they view this or any technology as a worldly threat.
Said one Amish man “”If we would introduce cars to our society, we would not have a community for very long. It would rip our family apart.”
The rest of the article can be read at the Hartford Courant online.
* (photo courtesy of CLEM MURRAY/PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/MCT / September 16, 2008)