The American Way vs. The Amish Way Comparison Essay

The American Way vs. The Amish Way
A brief comparison of mainstream American culture and Amish culture with American culture being argued as more favorable.
# 118733 | 701 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 19, 2010 in Sociology (General) , Philosophy (General)

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In this paper, mainstream American culture is argued as more favorable than the Amish culture and objectively explains why. The "American Way" is described to have many more benefits than the "Amish Way". The general ideas all tie in with individualism, which is discussed throughout the paper. The paper also makes the objection that the Amish should adapt to the American way of life.

From the Paper:

"The individualistic American Way also allows us to form our own beliefs, unlike the Amish Way. Although the Amish are said to not force their religion onto others, they do, ironically, force religion upon their children. The Amish Way forces the individuals within their society to conform to a particular religion. In such a society, how are children supposed to make an informed decision about religion when they are raised to believe the Amish Way is best? Why is that particular religion the best? In American society we are given the opportunity to discover various religions for ourselves and decide which religion, if any, we would like to follow. One is able to experience differences in religions and decide what is best for their self. Another advantage in the American Way is it allows one to form their own "religion" or system of beliefs. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kraybill, Donald B. The Riddle of Amish Culture. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2001. Print.
  • Bellah, Robert N., Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler, and Steven M. Tipton. Habits of the Heart Individualism and Commitment in American Life. New York: University of California, 2007. Print.

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