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  1. As somebody who works for an Amish construction company in Lancaster, PA, I find your last point quite compelling. I can confirm that, from what I’ve gathered, there isn’t a shred of credentialism to be found in the community. Status-seeking still exists, but it seems to be more based on your social network, with families being much stronger as social units as well. Also, much of Amish wealth is in land and other tangible assets. While newcomers are welcomed with open arms into the church, much of the benefit conferred by the way of life might be hard to access for those who join from the outside. At least until they found a foothold within their community.

    All of this is anecdotal and subject to sampling bias.

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