Buckeye Back Road Tour: We spent last the evening with Moses Keim, his wife and his son’s family in Oliver Township, Ohio. They are Amish. We talked about declinining, moral standards (like modesty of dress), our nuclear proliferation, abortion… I find many Amish to be extremely clear thinkers, filled with common sense and unfettered by much of society’s mad, convoluted rush at this point. And Mr. Keim is no exception. He is well read and quite a deep thinker. This evening we also talked about an accident that occured just up the road from the Keim’s. An Amish buggy with a family of six was hit head on by an SUV a couple weeks back. Although the whole family was ejected from the buggy, everyone, except the mother who had some head trauma, miraculously escaped serious injury. Mr. Keim said it would be best if we went back to a society where horse power was provided by, well, horses. That is, a decentralized society where people buggied, bicycled or walked most places locally. (This could also include, say, some slow solar powered and electric vehicles for local tansportation as well.) Meanwhile, gasoline would be reserved solely for public transportation and some necessary trucking. He continued that this would immediately curtail our dependence on foreign oil, which in turn would de-escalate international tensions. I couldn’t help but think how dramatically this would also cut back on our global warming emmissions, moving us toward much better environmental stewardship. And the streets would be safer, with an exponent of 100. And before any of us scoff at the proposal, maybe we should all be doing a whole lot more ‘deep thinking’ about it.