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
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