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    Organizational Culture Analysis - The Amish

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    Assignment 1:

    Here is the link for the video: http://www.hulu.com/watch/359598
    Organizational Culture Analysis: After watching the video "The Devil's Playground" (link located in the Readings & Resources folder) write a 5 page analysis of the Amish as depicted in this documentary. Your response should be written in APA format and structured to cover the following topics:
    - The life cycle of the Amish.
    - The cultural differences facing the Amish and English societies.
    - The ethical dimensions facing the Amish children.

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    The 'Devil's Playground' documentary displays pivotal life transformations within Amish adolescents. This transformation period in my opinion is the state of accountability in which the youth must choose between godliness and living an ungodly lifestyle. In the documentary we witness the lives of the main characters Velda and Feron and how their decision to leave the church had a significant impact on their lives. Feron was so heavily involved in the world that he became a drug abuser. He befriended the wrong people. He was living in fear as a result of death threats and a host of other issues. In spite of drug dealers waging war on his life everything in his life did not go well. His story reminds me of the Biblical parable of the Prodigal Son found in Luke 15: 11-32 in which a man asked his father to give him his share of the estate, the father gave it to him and the son squandered his wealth in wild living and had nothing to show for it. In the documentary, Feron lived a wild life style which almost cost him his life. The only difference between Feron and the Prodigal son in the parable was that the Prodigal son returned home. Feron changed his ways but he never returned to the Amish community, he stayed in the world. Velda on the other hand maintained her faith in God and she lives a drug free life. Her main objective was to prove to herself and her former family that she can survive without their support. We witness growth in Velda as she gains her independence. She began a new life and was welcomed into a new Christian family. The youth portrayed in this documentary are presented with a choice to indulge in worldly desires and to experience everything the world has to ...

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