February 27, 2012 Wisconsin Public Television Leave a Comment

Watch The Amish: American Experience at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 on Wisconsin Public Television.

I have to hand it to the Amish – I could never do what they do. Thinking about a life without electricity makes me feel like I’m addicted to technology. How did we ever live without internet and email? I think the only phone numbers I know from memory are my own and 911. And who ever heard of being prepared? If you get lost, you have Google Maps and GPS… Decide to go to the movies last minute or rent something from Redbox – there’s an app for that.

On the other hand, nothing beats a weekend of camping completely unplugged from the real world. Something about the fresh air and three meals a day prepared over a fire just takes all the stress away. Even a week or two away from ‘civilization’ is fine by me, but after a while I would start to get the itch for technology, so I certainly couldn’t live my whole life like the Amish. Could you?

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