Mervin Smucker. The rural nature of the Amish and their eschewing of the modern world.

The Old Order Amish are a rural people who place a high value on farming. In spite of their refusal to adopt technological conveniences in their homes and utilize modern equipment on their farms, they have developed some of the most productive and stable agricultural communities in North America. Their rejection of trends, which have changed other rural communities, such as consolidation of schools and migration to the cities, has enabled the Amish to remain a cohesive, homogeneous group. The Amish view themselves as separate from “the world”, want to have no part of the worldly values that define the modern culture around them, and are quite content to live in isolation from the mainstream of secular society.

Mervin Smucker