Photograph: 'The Pennsylvania Amish' © 2006 Lee Hobbs
"When you talk you only repeat what you already know, but if you listen you may learn something." ~ Amish school proverb
Caption: In the far north of Indiana County, a plainly fashioned buggy of the German-speaking Amish makes its way home through the winding roads of Western Pennsylvania (2004) . . .
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Posted by lhobbs at December 27, 2005 07:12 PM
Hello Professor Hobbs,
I have had quite a lot of contact with the Amish and Mennonite community in my past. My grandparents live in Manns Choice, PA. Manns Choice is a small down in Bedford County. In Bedford, there are many shoppes, etc. run by Amish and Mennonite families.
One place my family and I like to go when we visit my grandparents is a small grocery store run by Mennonites. The families running the store make everything they sell. The foods in the store taste amazing and they are all very friendly.
I have also visited "Old Bedford Village" a few times during my stay with my grandparents. This is a small tourist attraction comprised of about 20 buildings from colonial times. It's very interesting to see how life was in colonial times as well as seeing how it was to live day by day. It is definitely a far cry from todays world of iPods and cell phones.
I believe that the Amish and Mennonite communities are often very misunderstood and made into jokes just because they aren't living their lives the way majority of the United States are. We often fear what we don't understand, and I believe if those who do make jokes of these people could stop and take time to learn and understand their way of life, they wouldn't have such a narrow-minded belief.
Posted by: Missy Z at May 3, 2006 05:13 PM
Dear Professor Hobbs,
When I see a picture like that, I think of a time so long ago. In the case of the amish, its right now. It so hard to believe that a people, or religion can be stuck in stuck a stoneage. The thing I give them is that they are a wise people and strong for living a life as they do.
The quote is one that has a lot of wisdom in it. My mother tells me that all the time. "When you talk you only repeat what you know. If you listen you might learn something." I agree with this statement, and believe is this was something common being taught that we could be a lot smarter. I say this because now a days people get so caught up in trying to voice their opion, and feel they must be heard. These are the people that need to listen to learn and better themselves. This quote is telling us, take the time out to hear something new that we can process as new information, and stop talking about the old.
Posted by: P. Beckles at May 5, 2006 10:12 AM
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