Thursday, January 12, 2012

Amish Vanity - Opinion Warning

Today I see that the Amish around here have made the headlines of the national news. You can check out the story by clicking here. The specific county is just about 10 miles east of me; it's Graves County.  The story is that Graves County has been cracking down on them for disobeying a law that demands they put an orange reflector on their buggies. The county is citing and ticketing those that don't have the orange reflector. The Amish, of the Swartzentruber sect, claim that is blasphemy to them because it violates their policy of being plain. The Amish men aren't paying the fines, and so they're being jailed.

Here's the opinion, and it's mine and won't buy anyone a cup of coffee:
Vanity is vanity.

You can dress it up any way your mind wants to, but the bottom line is that you can be vain about wanting to be fancy or you can be vain about wanting to be plain.

This is the best definition of vain that I found:
Having or showing an excessively high opinion of one's appearance, abilities, or worth.
The local Amish are failing big time at not being vain. They have an excessively high opinion of their plain appearance.

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