To contrast, consider a group of individuals that are immune to the stages just described and who are isolated from the roller coaster of Western modern life…the Amish community. They live so simply, and have little distraction from the modern outside society and all of its unreasonable expectations and impossible goals. The reason the Amish are so content is because they can exert control over their lives and are thus not influenced by modern society. The lack of complexity results in their relative satisfaction to the modern man living in a city. The lack of TV advertising and marketing allow them to live unadultered by making them feel they need things and achieve things that their parents never dreamed of. Thus, there are far fewer Category 3 situations which people such as the Amish face.
This may also be seen in Austrialian Aborigines and other Primitive People that exist today such as in the Amazon Rain Forest. Without the outside pressures by society telling them that they need more and more and more, they can live their lives generally undisturbed by the “disease of more” and the “thirst for progress”. Of course though, their lives are different. Due to lack of vaccinations, lack of storage of water, and other luxuries available to modern man, their lifespans may be notably shorter. But shorter does not mean unhappier. Their civilization changes very little over millennia, but yet they stay content and at peace especially with their surroundings and nature, while modern man, in his quest for “more”, wrecks havoc on the nature that surrounds him, polluting the waters, created air that is difficult to breathe due to the noxious gases and smog, and so forth.
Regarding again the Amish and “simpler” societies that live on earth, since their society remains basically unchanged from generation to generation, they can enjoy a consistency in their lives which the outside world does not have. As the society is not centered on competition and ambition, their minds and behavior are quieter, and silent as they focus on their community and family. Again, the focus is on community and family, and not on “more”, “better”, and “faster”. Their lives are absent of some of the creature comfort that modern technology brings such as air conditioning, but the Amish are simply used to it.
I read that in the last 200 years of the Amish community, there was just one violent crime recorded, a domestic murder. On the backdrop of millions of Amish who lived during that period, it is quite a triumph compared to busy cities in the United States who seem to have multiple violent murders each and every day.