Meanwhile, there are massive farming operations using cutting edge technology to produce large, healthy and efficient farms....there is an entire world of automation that brings to its users a much higher quality of life.
But what you never see are the Amish complaining that they can't compete, or that the technological world to which they do not belong is overpowered. But that's because they aren't competing and they are happy being the proverbial 21st century dinosaurs.
This analogy came to me while reading Syn's Famas story.
We seem to choose some pseudo moral high road in the game....with so much pride and so much prejudice, with an obvious "us" vs "them" bias and mentality.
We generously light ourselves up on the UAV whenever we fire a weapon, when then same courtesy isn't extended to us by our silenced opponents.
We courteously use difficult weapons that have range limitations and personality disorders when others arm themselves with something failsafe and predictable.
We use an earned 3 killstreak reward to give our team a temporary 30 second advantage and are rendered impotent by something wholly unearned and permenant, and there is zero reciprocity from our opponents. They spend their streak and and are rewarded with 6 dots. The dots move fast, but at least clusters and movements are highlighted for those who are already not making forward progress. We encourage the 'wait and see' playstyle while we get wasted by someone who knew we were on our way.
You see, the Amish can use a combine to farm, and they can buy a Dodge Caravan to buy groceries and clothing at the store. But they choose not to. As a result, they may work 150% harder to accomplish only 50% of what a non-Amish person would. What they put into subsistence is so far out of balance with what they draw out that the entire economy of the lifestyle can't balance the other side of the ledger board.
But simply because they can adequately provide food, clothing and shelter for their families, I simply do not believe that the Amish are better because they can do this in spite of choosing to be inefficient, or because they shun assistive technologies, or because they have resisted those things that we use on a daily basis that dramatically simplify and improve our quality of life. I don't even think they are better off. They work harder, they work more and work much longer....but they have a lower quality of life....in spite of having a life expectancy that is on par with the rest of America.
Why do we North Americans peer down our noses at the archaic Amish lifestyle....but proudly become them when we turn on our gaming consoles?