Breaking Amish" was a fascinating and powerful glimpse into the lives and hearts of several young Amish and Mennonite people who dare to dream. With inquisitive spirits and searching souls, the show reveals each one sharing their personal story and what they're willing to sacrifice in order to find themselves in New York City. The show was emotionally charged and pulled viewers in to their world while sharing a universal message of rebellious self-discovery.The series premiere of "
"You will be shunned"
Most Americans have heard about the basics of being Amish, but "Breaking Amish" allows viewers to witness this religion and lifestyle through the eyes of those who live it. Most of us know that the Amish live without modern conveniences, make their own clothes, and drive a horse and buggy, but there are other revelations that were far more unsettling.
If someone chooses to leave the society, he/she is banished from the Amish family and community. One young woman named Rebecca was warned that if she goes, she could not even return for a funeral. In a sad scene, Rebecca's mother, Mary, tells her: "You won't be able to come home, you will be shunned…you are just going to be an outcast."
"I just lost my family"
Sabrina, who is a Mennonite, started getting hate mail. She read an excerpt of one letter out loud: "You are in danger of hell fire. Turn from your wicked ways. I am praying for your soul."
Two heartbreaking moments that captured the pain, included Kate, who after nervously telling her grandfather she was moving away, said, "I just lost my family."
Another eye-opener was when gentle Abe shared the news during dinner, and his mother and siblings just stared at him with no emotion and with coldness in their eyes. He explained, "They are not allowed to show love."
Jeremiah, with a quiet anguish looked into the camera and confessed, "Just because Amish people don't cry, doesn't mean we don't hurt."
Wow, this show is deeply chilling. It was the simplicity of their words that cut to the core. They are not professional actors -- they are the real deal -- and it's awakening to hear them reveal their inner-most frustrations.
Jeans, earrings, and cowboy boots
What the cast members all have in common is a desire to pursue their passion and a need to do the simple things Americans generally take for granted.
Jeremiah said, "I got thrown into this Amish crap…it's not cool. I want to go to New York and see all the huge buildings I have heard about."
"My dream is to figure out who I am as a person. I want to sing. I can't share my singing with anyone because it's looked down upon. I am going to try and be a normal person. I want to wear earrings, jeans, cowboy boots. I want to have fun," said Sabrina.
Tagging along for the ride
The upcoming weeks of " Breaking Amish " look intriguing as viewers see the kids take their first airplane trip, wear trendy clothes, drink, date, and party. You know there is going to be plenty of life-altering experiences, and fans get to voyeuristically tag along for the roller coaster ride.
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