I think it puts to much responsibility on young people. If the Amish could read the Bible for themselves they would know this. I have been very interested in the Amish culture for some time.
When you have tradition taking the place of the Word of God you always have a problem. It was called bundling and they put a board down the middle of the bed in the old days of early America. I, too, just finished reading Saloma's autobiography.
The beginning of a more general acceptance of the role of outdoor relief was revealed by a 1857 report of a New York Senate, “Select Committee to Visit Charitable and Penal Institutions.”“…A still more efficient and economical auxiliary in supporting the poor, and in the prevention of absolute pauperism consists in the opinion of the committee, in the proper and systematic distribution of “out door” relief.
Worthy indigent persons should, if possible, be kept from the degradation of the poor house, by reasonable supplies of provisions, bedding, and other absolute necessaries, at their own homes.
I would guess many Amish and former Amish frown on the practice now. She talks about mainly kissing and seems to be relieved that this was as far as it went, but I found it obvious that it was not uncommon for there to be much more involved than just "making out," as my generation would have named it.
This part of her book left me with so many questions.
The facts revealed that only a small proportion of residents were able-bodied, and then usually in the winter months when jobs were scarce.
In many areas, poorhouses became a refuge for the sick, the severely disabled, frail elderly and homeless children who were unable to work and had no one to care for them.
Outdoor Relief The nature and amount of outdoor relief varied widely in early America but it was seldom generous or widely available.
The concept of public assistance conflicted with Calvinist values and was sometimes viewed as impinging on the personal gratifications derived from private works of charity.
The English poor laws classified poor/dependent people into three major categories and established a requirement for “residency” before aid was provided.