Summary of “Approach Technology Like the Amish”

Kelly ended up returning to the Amish on multiple occasions during the years that followed his first encounter, allowing him to develop a nuanced understanding of how these communities approach technology.
As Kelly puts it: “In any discussion about the merits of avoiding the addictive grasp of technology, the Amish stand out as offering an honorable alternative.”
He explains that the simple notion of the Amish as Luddites vanishes as soon as you approach a standard Amish farm.
Almost no Amish communities allow automobile ownership, but it’s common for Amish to travel in cars driven by others.
These observations dismiss the common belief that the Amish reject any technology invented after the 19th century.
The Amish, it turns out, do something that’s both shockingly radical and simple in our age of impulsive and complicated consumerism: they start with the things they value most, then work backwards to ask whether a given technology performs more harm than good with respect to these values.
As Kelly explains, when a new technology rolls around, there’s typically an “Alpha geek” in any given Amish community that will ask the parish bishops permission to try it out.
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