While watching No Impact Man it occurred to me that there are those around us who currently live in a similar situation as he did, and they’ve been doing it all there life as a part of their Religion. The Amish or the Pennsylvania Dutch, are not Dutch, they are in fact German.(It is a long story how they came to be where they are, but basically they wished to be free to express their religion in peace. They eventually came to settle in America with the hopes of living that life) Sometimes known as the Amish Mennonites, they are a group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships that form a subgroup of the Mennonite churches. They Amish are known for their simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. For the most part the live a life away from chemicals, pollution, and they eat and make a living off what they can produce locally.
My Great Uncle John (Uncle by marriage) was once apart of a community in the Pennsylvania area many years ago, but he left to marry my Great Aunt Sis. I remember him taking us to see them all the time and us going back to see them on our own just about every month, picking up supplies and goods. I remember their large counters full of handmade wooden goods, blankets, cheeses, vegetables, homemade candies (the best!) and farm fresh eggs. In particular, I remember how they would candle their eggs to see if it was a “double yoke”, and they could sell you a pack of them. I’m sure not that many know what a double yoke is, or have ever had one, but they’re simply an egg with two yokes (an act of nature, not Human hands) – which is pretty amazing to any two-year-old, as I was when I first saw them.
Furthermore, I recall the difference in quality of items bought from them because they did not travel a large distance. I can’t recall ever buying something from then, getting home, and seeing it was bad or rotten (as I have had happen in grocery stores mainly with meats). They toke their time and care to make things too. We still have a few furniture pieces, wall hangings, and heavy blankets from them that have stood the test of time, not a machine used in the process of making them (nor a car used in the process of getting them to the market).
In short, I personally I grew up around them so I can imagine a life without power and technology (or at least minimum amounts of it) working out well and being much more interesting then what we have now (As well, I feel these humble people make a bigger difference then No impact man could have ever imagined. This is their life and not an experiment in order to write a book) And now looking back on all those years of watching their horses and buggies though my car window as they traveled down along side us out to their large market, I can see the positive effect they have on my memories as well as the earth.