While back in Cleveland, my daughter Sarah and I attended a session on Sabbath Economics at the Catholic Worker House. One participant said that our society has become absolutely nuts with complexity. That is, we now spend so much time almost frenetically trying to decide between all the different types of washing machines, all the different types of options for cars, all the different types of clothing… In the last blog entry, I talk about stopping in Plain City, Ohio. Maybe we as a society should consider going to ‘Plain City’ figuratively as well. The Amish have. Or actually, they have never left. In our research travel, we have stopped in Amish communities in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois… The Amish live simply. They ride in buggies with few options. They wear plain clothes that all look pretty much the same. They don’t worry about whether to get the television screen with the higher resolution, or not. Because, well, they don’t watch television. In living simply, the Amish have way more time for God, for family, for community… And when you think about it common sense wise, isn’t that the kind of trade off we should all be considering?