Imagining the day that an apocalypse could happen is downright horrifying. Our world would be flipped upside down and we’d have no idea how to function. How do we eat? Does money still matter? What will we do without Instagram? In reality, we’d likely die before figuring out any of those things.
The Amish, on the other hand, could probably go on relatively unaffected. With about 300,000 Amish citizens across the United States, they’ll be the ones laughing when they outlive us all.
Many of us are only familiar with Amish stereotypes, but we could learn a thing or two from their off-the-grid lifestyles. These are the reasons why the Amish would survive the apocalypse, but the rest of us would die.
1. They already know how to live with only minimal, off-the-grid power
In the event of the apocalypse, most of us would learn very quickly that we have no idea how to live without power. The Amish, however, would hardly notice a difference. The only type of power they use is off-the-grid, meaning maybe some bottled gas for industrial tools. They might also use 12-volt self-contained batteries and hydraulic powered motors for major household equipment. Most of their work is done by hand, and they wouldn’t dare use any electricity that’s “tied to the land.”
According to eFoodsDirect, the Amish citizens of Holmes County, Ohio “have become the solar power kings and can offer great insight into the functionality, seasonal feasibility, and powering achievements of solar panels and solar generators.”
Next: They use these animals as more than just a form of transportation.
2. They use horses as tools
The Amish wouldn’t have to worry about transportation or farm equipment, because they already use horses for pretty much everything. Even if you know how to ride a horse, training them to work wouldn’t come naturally.
eFoodsDirect explains that in Amish communities, “Horses are used to pull farm plows, as transportation, and to haul building materials.”
Next: Their food supply would never run dry.
3. They definitely wouldn’t go hungry
If you want to survive the apocalypse, you’re going to have to eat. Lucky for the Amish, they’re already expert no-power farmers. Aside from using horses as farming tools, they have a vast knowledge for agriculture.
For example, they’ve got procedures down pat for seed preservation, natural fertilization, crop rotation, irrigation, and drought survival — so we’re pretty sure they could live through anything.
Next: They’d still be able to cook.
4. They use cast-iron stoves to cook
The Amish don’t only grow their own food without power — they cook it without power, too. Cast-iron stoves were used back when settlers first came to America, and the Amish are still using them today.
eFoodsDirect explains, “The stoves are a bit pricey, but a solid investment for off-the-grid families. They last essentially forever and do not need electricity to function.”
Next: No Amazon? No problem.
5. They have impressive workmanship skills
Amish communities provide for themselves in more ways than one. They are known to make their own furniture, cheese, and even bread, and often auction off many of their goods. Shops and auctions in Amish towns inevitably attract tourists, and even though it might bring them customers, they’d really prefer being left alone.
According to Lancaster County’s official website (which is a highly populated Amish town in Pennsylvania), they have, for the most part, “accepted the influx of tourism as something they cannot change.”
Considering we wouldn’t be able to rely on making a run to Target or ordering on Amazon if the world we know disappears, Amish communities might have a few more customers.
Next: This skill is more involved than you’d think.
6. They know how to care for livestock
Caring for livestock is no easy task, but the Amish know exactly what they’re doing with raising, butchering, and preserving their meat and poultry. In order to keep their animals alive as long as necessary, they need to look out for signs of illness and make sure they cohabitate safely.
One of the most essential aspects of caring for your livestock is knowing the proper fencing required for each type of farm animal. eFoodsDirect emphasizes, “[this] could mean the difference between life and death when your entire food supply is dependent upon what you grow and raise on your homestead.”
Next: They could survive off of this mindset alone.
7. They’re content with whatever life brings them
The vast majority of the world would likely end up in complete mayhem in the event of the apocalypse. It’s safe to say we’re not willing to give up our modern conveniences, so if we suddenly had to survive without them, we’d lose our minds (or most likely die).
The Amish, on the other hand, would probably be pretty chill about it. David Williams, author of When the English Fall (a fictional novel that follows an Amish man during an apocalypse), explained why in an interview with Barnes & Noble.
Their way of life revolves around the ethic that “you do not grasp, or seek your own advancement.” He added, “You maintain a gentle contentment with whatever lot you are given.”
Their contentment could be enough to keep them alive, because they’re happy with whatever life brings them. Williams explained that their principles allow them to “[live] a life of faith uncompromised by the distractions of our cluttered, grasping world.”
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