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Others decide against returning, and still others waffle between the options. A caption in the film states the following: The Amish allow a rumspringa tradition known as bed courtship.
At the end of a date, an Amish boy is allowed to share the Amish girls bed for the night.
The period may last from a few months to several years.
By experiencing the outside world, they work temptations out of their systems and prepare themselves for making their most important life decision: to reject the secular world and be baptized into the Amish church.
If the Amish did not continue this tradition, then adolescents like Faron would not be pushed into such dangerous situations.
It seems that the sixteen-years-old Amish would benefit from being thoroughly proselytized and catechized at this age, rather than sent into an English world replete with distractions.This retention rate is the highest ever since the founding of the Amish church in 1693.In the directors commentary Lucy Walker states that the success rate may be partly due to the courtship ritual.Is it a good or bad thing to exercise independent thinking about fundamental religious issues, such as the existence of God and the authority of scripture? In the directors commentary, Walker notes the inconsistencies in many of the Amish rules for example a rule that permits tractors for bailing, but not for plowing. After her rumspringa experience, Velda was baptized into the Amish church, but was shunned after she later decided to leave it. Whats so bad about the practice of shunning if it helps maintain conformity to tradition? In the directors commentary, Walker notes that Faron idolized gangster rapper Tupac Shakur, yet at the same time wanted to be an Amish preacher. A caption in the film states the following: Believing that education leads to pride, the Amish require their children to drop out after 8th grade and begin working.
They change so few rules so slowly that sometimes things drift in different directions at once. Does this parallel the development of religious rules in non-Amish culture denominations? Several of the youth who returned to their Amish tradition were asked what things they missed the most from their Rumspringa experience. In the directors commentary, Walker states that all of the young men going through rumspringa adopted the same secular fashions in clothing, music, lingo and hairstyle. She states that the shunning is for them their last way of showing you that they love you. Hes going to get torn in two different directions; theres no comfortable compromise between those. In the directors commentary, Walker states that Within weeks you could see them sucking up MTV, the clothes at Walmart, and so on, so quickly they became expert in the latest pop culture trends. With all of the secular sub-cultures available for them to sample, why would popular youth culture be so much of an attraction? Throughout the film several Amish youth struggle with choosing to either accept or reject their Amish tradition. The formal education they do receive is from one-room Amish schoolhouses. government step in and force the Amish to better educate their children? In the directors commentary, Walker states that a mobile home manufacturing company set up a factory in Indiana specifically to draw from the local pool of honest, hardworking Amish.Mahayana Buddhism has the notion of useful means, that is, concerned believers can do anything necessary in order to bring people to salvation.