WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HIPPIES?

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By Tracy Lynn Conway

I have to confess that I have always wanted to be a hippie. I am drawn to the free feeling and peacefulness that hippies represent. Although I dress in modern clothes, I once had a friend tell me out of the blue that I should have been a hippie, she said that I radiated a kind of peaceful earthiness that made her think of a hippie. Although I did grow up in the 70’s, I was too young at the time be a hippie. I always felt connected to what a hippie represented though, and to me this meant peace, love, unity and some cool threads. In actuality there was more to being a hippie, including drugs like LSD and marijuana, communal living and radical political beliefs.

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What happened to the hippies from the 60’s?

While many hippies made a long-term commitment to the lifestyle, others “sold out” during the 1980s and became part of the materialist, consumer culture. Hippies may still be found in bohemian enclaves around the world, while others settled down to have families but remained true to the hippie ideology through their lifestyle choices and community involvement. We have all benefited from the positive effects of this era.

What remains today? Lasting Effects of the Hippies

Laws that protect the environment became part of the U.S. Government and global agenda. Earth day, the Green Movement and concern about a person’s carbon footprint all have roots in the hippie culture. Interest in organic food, herbal remedies and vitamins all go back to this time. Due to the hippie movement we now have acceptance of multiple personal lifestyle choices including acceptance of unmarried couples, rights of homosexual, bisexual and transsexuals. Frankness regarding sexual matters also originates with this movement. Hippies, like their Wandervogel predecessors, encouraged a wide range of clothing options that live on today. The option for men to wear mustaches, beards and long hair was not only a fashion statement, but a form of rebellion against the norms and expectations of society, and has remained acceptable due to the hippie movement. Many people now attend free music festivals. The open access to information that the Internet offers is also believed to stem from Hippie influences. Websites like Napster, which offered music for free to all, and Wikileaks, which promotes government transparency all, share a connection to the hippie influence and mindset. article source

Where Are the Hippies Today?

So what happened to the love generation and where did they all go? Where are the hippies today? To answer that question, we’ll have to look to different places of the world and different lifestyles, because they didn’t all end up in the same place.

Professionals
A large amount of hippies ended up becoming successes in various fields and professions. Many of today’s CEO’s of large companies were once hippies themselves, or at least claim to have been. Steve Jobs of Apple Computers is a perfect example of this. According to Steve himself, as well as many of his peers, he was once close to being a full-blown hippie when he was younger and during the very early days of Apple’s beginnings. He once said that taking LSD was one of the most important things he had ever done in his life, and he had also traveled to India briefly to partake in the hippie culture that had developed there, in search of spiritual enlightenment. Other ex-hippies stayed closer to their original roots, such as those that have had major success with medical marijuana dispensaries in and around California and other states with medical marijuana. There’s also many who even went on to become lecturers and teachers, and a good number of them are some of the professors we are seeing today in some of the counntry’s top colleges and universities.

Parents
May ex-hippies felt they had to “grow up” and become more like the rest of people around their age in society, because many became parents. Becoming a parent can be a life-changing event for many people, even hippies, but nevertheless, there’s still many who still have that hippie culture in them. Many have even managed to pass their hippie ideals down to their children and grandchildren by taking them to concerts and decorating their homes like a commune. I personally grew up as a teenager in the 90’s, but I had a friend who’s parents were still hippies in their older ages. They had a room that was entirely dedicated to the Grateful Dead, as it had nothing but GD posters all over the walls, black lights, beads hanging in place of where a door normally would be, and all the hippie things you’d come to expect in a room like that. They had followed the Grateful Dead concerts across the country as teens and were still obsessed with them after all this time. But who could blame them? They dedicated a large portion of their life to that lifestyle so they probably enjoyed it and didn’t ever want things to change.

The Hippie Trail
For the hardcore hippies that took their way of life as far as they could, many ended up in places like India and Thailand, as they followed what was once famously known as The Hippie Trail. Many visited countries in Asia and ended up staying there and becoming monks, swamis, or just party animals that are still dancing nude under the sun on some days like they did during the original Summer of Love. Goa, India is probably the most famous spot where most of them traveled to and decided to stay. There, they started a monthly party known as a Full Moon Party, and it’s still celebrated there today, as well as in Thailand and a few other countries along the original trail. source

Why The Hippie Revolution Failed

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5 thoughts on “WHAT HAPPENED TO THE HIPPIES?

  1. Such an important movement, and even more so when you realise there were in fact, pre capita, so few, to have effected so much strategic change. 🙂

  2. Gypsies they were. I lived the fight against the system. “Hipsies” (AOC just came up with this characterization) .. we should call them, had some great foresight. about wicked governing. 😀

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