Children in engage in more innocent activities such as buying electronics, going to movie theaters, and playing sports. Sometimes kids gather together at “supper parties” after mass. The main idea behind this event is so that even with temptation, children will be dedicated enough to their faith to come back. The experts from Elizabethan College State that “A fling with worldliness reminds Amiss youth that they have a choice regarding hurt membership; however, most of the forces of Amiss life funnel them toward church membership.
Knowing they have a choice likely strengthens their willingness to obey church standards and, in the long run, the authority of the church itself. ” Even though in most cases, the luxuries enjoyed by Amiss Children are innocent, the restrictions vary by community. In some communities, no restrictions are enforced, and kids roam the outside cities partying, drinking doing drugs, and having unprotected sex.Tom Chastens kook “To Be Or Not To Be Amiss: Rampaging” illustrates Amiss children going from solid colored, fully garbed work horses dedicated to the lord, switching to delinquents dressed in cut off shirts, drinking and partying with no regard of the religion or safety.
A direct quote from his book states that “Near Ships, Berlin, and Intercourse, those Amiss youngsters walking on the wild side of Rampaging during this weekend will party on until, late on Sunday, they return home to sober up and ready themselves for Monday and the workweek.Although this lifestyle is glorified in his book and documentary “Devils Playground”, it is certainly not the norm and most children still have rather heavy restrictions. The book Mime Amiss” describes the process as “a measure of freedom before settling down, getting married, and becoming adult members of the community. ” During this time they generally are finding the person they choose to marry. Once they choose who they want to marry, the ritual of Rampaging is over, and they must revert back to no electricity, hard work and heavy church dedication.In a majority of cases, the children return to the community and the Amiss lifestyles.
In very rare cases, children get swept up in English life and decide to not come back, which results in shunning from the community and are never allowed to return. Rampaging is a time where adolescents get to ‘taste the forbidden fruit” so to speak. It is a time meant to test a person’s Amiss faith, and as to see whether or not they will return. It starts with enjoying English lifestyles; experimentations, marriage and reversion.