While passing through Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the other day, I realized I knew very little about the Amish. Decided to check out the wikipedia entry. Very enlightening. The short version: The Amish are Mennonites, but they take themselves much more seriously. They can use electricity — but only in small quantities such as batteries or portable generators, so that they don’t get addicted to worldly appliances. They do pay taxes, but are exempt from Social Security. I love wikipedia.