Meet the Hutterites -
Y’all, have you seen this new show? The Hutterite show is part of a larger series from NatGeo that is rather interesting. They do a reality-documentary (reality show flavors to a documentary style review) over approximately 10 – 20 episodes.
Each series allows you to get a flavor of the life and times behind the culture they are featuring. Now, Alex is loving the Amish: Out of Order series and I will watch that one with him too. (Mose’s voice is just so classically Amish to me for some reason.) I however, can’t stop watching about the Hutterites.
Y’all I stare at the t.v., shake my head, tell some of the girls “RUN AWAY NOW” which probably just shows my total lack of understanding over the culture. It’s always interesting to see the values people have in a different culture setting and how those affect every aspect of their lives.
Prime example – recent episode involved a shunning of two mothers (the parents are punished for the children’s actions, not the children…at least not until they are like 25) all because they let their two boys play football. Public school up until middle school was seen as acceptable, but high school was already pushing it. Evidently participating in a team sport is the straw that broke the back.
So how did they overcome this shunning? They had to walk to each and every member of the colony’s homes and ask for “forgiveness” for allowing their child to play a sport. However, once that was done all was forgiven and the shunning ended.
EYES WIDE OPEN AND JAW AGAPE!
Clearly, me being me, I don’t get that. Still – I appreciate that they are willing to show the general public that they are “like us” in that they still have educational dreams, flirt and giggle over the opposite sex, know how to enjoy themselves, etc. So many times people think of “colony” and “religion” and think up horrible communities like Jonestown. Clearly this is NOT what a Hutterrite is or condones. They are simply a community who has a different way of life and beliefs than me. No harm no foul.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go watch my most recent recorded show.