Amish man people have strict social customs, but they also value community and are one of the most giving groups you’ll find. They know their neighbors almost like family and are always ready to lend a hand. This is especially true when someone in their church is in need.
Misty Griffin, a nursing graduate and self-published author from Pasadena, California, left the Amish at age 22 after her bishop sexually assaulted her. She tells VICE that while her brothers have since apologized, she’ll never fully trust men around her children again—especially after she and her husband moved away from the community to pursue careers in the secular world.
The Amish Man: Unveiling the Traditions, Values, and Lifestyle of a Remarkable Community
When Eddie Swartzentruber started making TikTok videos about his former Amish life, he had no idea how popular they’d be. His short, often cheerful posts quickly amassed tens of thousands of followers. Then, he began to notice that many of them were curious about the Amish way of life.
He answered their questions in short, thoughtful videos, and found himself being asked more and more of them. So he kept answering.
But the more he learned about the Amish, the more he realized how much of it was not ideal. He saw that the community’s teachings hedged in conformity and prevented innovation, and he knew it was not what he wanted for his life. He began to struggle with the fear that he would roast in hell forever if he ever left.