Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Telephone

As you probably know the Amish believe in living a simple life – no electricity, no telephones, no motorized vehicles. Yet in many of their communities there is a pay phone. When asked about this apparent discrepancy one elder explained, “If the telephone were in our home it would control us. As long as it is out there we control it.” He went on to say, “Most people drop everything they are doing the instant the telephone rings and run to answer it. In their lives the telephone takes precedent over everything. (Of course cell phones have only made this addiction far worse.) The pay telephone, on the other hand, is our servant. It is there if we need it but we do not allow it to intrude into our lives."

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