Self Sufficiency: Learning From the Amish

Self Sufficiency: Learning From the Amish

( – To most modern-day Americans, the Amish lifestyle seems strange. The idea of shunning technological conveniences and becoming completely self-reliant, as the Amish have, is an alien concept. However, when looking at things from a survivalist perspective, the Amish actually have quite a lot going for them. For example, if an electromagnetic pulse were to be detonated over America, wiping out the power grid, life wouldn’t change all that much in Amish communities.

In fact, the Amish give us a good example of what life very well may look like in a post-collapse world — once the smoke settles, that is. In the meantime, what lessons for survival can we learn from them and can apply to our prepping here and now?

The following video by Survival Dispatch dives into what secrets can be learned from the Amish lifestyle:

The greatest lesson we can learn from the Amish is that of self-sufficiency. They grow their own food, build their own farms and homes and do not rely on technology in any way. If something goes wrong, they have to figure out how to fix it themselves — no Google or YouTube to turn to for help.

In order to achieve such a level of self-sufficiency, the Amish have developed a strong work ethic. If they want to have or do anything, they must get their hands dirty. Nearly everything they own is handmade, from their food and homes all the way down to their furniture.

Another important lesson we can learn from the Amish is cooking from scratch. Every meal they eat is handmade, and none of the ingredients are commercially processed. This means they not only have to grow their own grains, but they also have to grind them, too, before they can bake their bread. In this day and age, the art of cooking from scratch is a lost art for many due to fast food, restaurants, and frozen dinners.

The final aspect of Amish society we can learn a lot from is their sense of community. Neighbors and family alike are all held in high regard. When something needs doing, they band together to accomplish whatever the task may be. Since Amish communities are essentially large-scale homesteads, everyone has a job, everyone works, and together, they thrive.

In a long-term survival scenario–what many preppers refer to as “the end of the world as we know it” (TEOTWAWKI)–all of these traits and skills would become necessary to survive. Becoming self-sufficient in the here and now doesn’t necessarily mean you have to ditch your cell phone or throw out your computer. But, it does mean you will have to work hard to learn the necessary skills to survive on your own.

If ever a time comes when the grocery stores are empty and emergency services stop running, the Amish lifestyle may become the new normal. To begin your journey toward self-reliance and independence from the systems so many rely on, check out this article on survival gardening.

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