Years ago, a friend of mine bought her bright and socially uncomfortable son a popular video game–the type of game where he could connect, via computer, to other players without leaving his house. I remember thinking, “Hmmm. Seems like this is the type of boy who needs to be outside more, playing with neighborhood kids, not inside, playing on a computer.” Fast forward ten years. This boy is now a young man, still bright, still socially uncomfortable, and hooked on video games.
The Amish are not necessarily anti-technology, one minister told me. “We have simply chosen not to be controlled by technology.”
When something new reaches into the Amish community, the church leaders might give it a period of probation, weighing out its long-term effects, and each church district comes to its own conclusions.
The church leaders consider where a change could lead the younger generation. Comfort and convenience aren’t the ultimate goals. They try to see beyond the immediate benefits of change to the effects it could have down the road. Savvy consumers, those Amish.
Before accepting or buying a new technology, have you ever considered where it might lead to? How might it affect your children or grandchildren…or you…down the road? Caveat Emptor…let the buyer beware.