They don't drive, own televisions, use telephones, or even electricity. But do we know why, and how far this aversion to modern day advances goes?
All aspects of Amish life are dictated by a list of written or oral rules, known as Ordung, which outlines the basics of the Amish faith and helps to define what it means to be Amish. For an Amish person, the Ordnung may dictate almost every aspect of one's lifestyle, from dress and hair length to farming techniques. The Ordnung varies from community to community and order to order, which explains why you will see some Amish riding in automobiles, while others don't even accept the use of battery-powered light, and others shun medical care no matter how much it is needed.