Making choices

Meet Bates and Barbie. Choose a video and do the activities. Leave your impressions about their testimony in the comments.

 

 

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  1. Judikael

    I choose Bate’s video, he said that he doesn’t feel like he belongs in the Amish Community and I think that if I was in his place and felt the same, I would tell my parents what I feel about this lifestyle and leave to live my life like I want with my own rules.

    1. Mrs B

      Thank you for your comment Judikael. You’re right, this lifestyle is quite difficult and we can totally understand what Bate feels.

  2. Abelinti Gianni

    I choose the first video entitled “Meet Bate”. According to me, we can see by his lifestyle out of the community and we can also see that, he said ,in the vdeo,he has never feel himself as an Amsih because of way to life. We see it by his haircut, which is allowed on his community and his girlfriend who isn’t an Amish like him. He’ve been must to live in a barn after leaving the house’s of his parent. he think that he never belong to this community.

    1. Mrs B

      Thank you for your comment Gianni. There are some mistakes and I don’t understand everything but it’s a good try. Next time, try to use shorter sentences to be clearer.

  3. Annesophie

    I choose Barbie’s video. She lives in one of the strictest Amish community and tells how much pressure she’s exposed to according to the fact that she’s the preacher’s daughter. She can’t be herself, the way she acts is totally controlled by the judgement of the other members of the Amish community. She said in the video that she’s not ready to join the church because she doesn’t want her life to be controlled by her faith like she wants to be able to make her own choices which I totally understand. I think I would feel the same way in this kind of community.

    1. Mrs B

      Thank you for your comment Anne-Sophie. That’s a good analysis of Barbie’s testimony.

  4. Evidsonne Lucas

    I choose the first video entitled “Meet Bate”. The impression that this testimony gives us is that this young man was not in his place in the community of the Amish because he felt excluded, that it was not a way of life for him, that he did not feel like a true Amish. And he even had to go live in a barn after leaving his parents’ house.

    1. Mrs B

      Thank you for your comment Evidsonne. You should precise that he didn’t leave his parents’ house intentionally but he was forced to leave it because of his disobedience.

  5. Lin

    I choose the first video. “meet bates”.
    In this video, we can see that Bate does not want to live in the amish community. He feels that he does not belong to this community. He hopes to have a drink and party with his friends. And live the life he wants.

    1. Mrs B

      Thank you for your comment Lin. What about the fact that he is forced to live in a barn? I think that’s the most shocking part.

  6. VERTUEUX Thomas

    I choose the Bates’ video because his situation is that he was forcibly rejected from the community by his family. It shows how strict the rules of the Amish community are. I admire the fact that he still sees the positive side of things and that he also manages to get by with what he has on hand (barn stuff). Although he didn’t follow the rules of the Amish community, he only wanted to do things he liked to feel more free in his life. So I think it’s a good thing for him to be out of the Amish community so that he can now live his life freely.

    1. Mrs B

      Thank you for your comment Thomas. However, you said that Bates is out of the Amish community whereas he is still in it. He didn’t totally leave it yet.

  7. RINGUET

    I have chosen Bates’ video, because is the most sensitive video. Bates’ situation is very unpleasant and unfortunate. I think the Amish community is very strict but, I will say that, Bates’ parents have done a very regrettable action. Kicked their son out of the house for not respecting the Amish’s rules is very excessive. Otherwise, I think is the right time for Bates to start a new life in the outside world, and to be happy with his girlfriend. I understand Bates’ choices, because I really think that every human being have to be free to live the way they want to. It is not correct to forced someone to live how you would like to. We should have the choice to decide the way of our life. Finally, from Bates’ testimony, I really think that the Amish community may be a very toxic space for some people who are not feeling comfortable in it. I hope Bates’ situation will get better !

  8. Leila

    I choose Bates’ video. This video is very emotional. It’s clear that Bates feels trapped in the Amish community. He “suffocates” because the rules of this community prevent him from being himself. In my opinion, by kicking their son out of the house, Bates’ parents are not fulfilling their responsibilities. Besides, I understand Bates because in this modern world it’s hard to live in a strict community. Indeed, he is still young and must take advantage of this to discover the world and beat the future he chose, but unfortunately, being an Amish won’t let him.

  9. Mathis W

    I chose the Barbie’s video. I find it rather sad that a 22-year-old woman still cannot be free. Even if it is true that each society follows specific rules, the Amish rules are really very strict. Someone with more 18-year-old should be able to choose who she wants to give her heart to. Then, throughout the video we see that despite this different lifestyle, she didn’t suffer completely and lived her youth well.

  10. Maelia B

    I choose Bate’s video. I feel like it’s a good thing that his parents kicked him out of his house like this he doesn’t have to leave by his own. He was never comfortable in this community and always wanted to see the outside world. The only problem there is that he doesn’t know this world and it’s really hard for him. He has to live in a barn with animals. This situation must be hard but I think he feels more comfortable outside the community than inside it.

  11. Franchesco

    I choose the first video because i took the first that i see. So , i think that it’s good think for him to asserts himself as a person and do what he want to do.

  12. Kenzy

    I chose the first video and I think it’s a good thing that his parents kicked him out because he always wanted to see the outside world and we don’t force a person to adopt a lifestyle that he doesn’t t like .
    It must be accepted even if it is the family.

  13. Kenzy

    I chose the first video.
    I think it’s a good thing that his parents kicked him out because he always wanted to see the outside world and we can’t force a person to adopt a lifestyle that he doesn’t like .
    It must be accepted even if is family.

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