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Transcript of Hippies

Flower children, Bohemians, beatniks, long-hairs, free spirits, nonconformists, dropouts. Hippies What is a hippie? To Sum Up: Is it the way some people dress?
Is it the way they behave?
Is it their lifestyle?
Does the love for rock'n'roll and drug use make someone a hippie?

a hippie is one who doesn’t conform to society’s standards and advocates a liberal attitude and lifestyle. Lifestyle and beliefs: •The 1960’s hippie counter culture movement involved a variety of social concerns and
•The hippies’ primary tenet was that life was about being happy, not about what others thought
you should be.
•Their “if it feels good, do it” attitudes included little forethought nor concern for the consequences
of their actions.
•Hippies rejected established institutions, they believed the dominant mainstream culture was corrupt and inherently flawed and sought to replace it with a Utopian society.
•Hippies rejected middle class values, opposed nuclear weapons and the Vietnam War. They embraced aspects of eastern philosophy and sought to find new meaning in life.
•They opposed political and social violence and promoted a gentle ideology that focused on peace, love, and personal freedom.
•Hippies were often vegetarian and believed in eco friendly environmental practices.
•They also promoted the use of psychedelic drugs, which they believed expanded their consciousness.
•Drugs such as marijuana and LSD were tightly integrated into their culture as a means to explore altered states of consciousness. Also called: the overview "by focusing on the most visible behavioral traits these limited descriptions miss the point. It is important to understand what motivated hippie behavior." Hippies: Dictionary definition: It seems that being a hippie is a matter of accepting a
universal belief system that exceeds the social, political, and
moral norms of any established structure, be it a class, church, or government. Hippies believed that each of these powerful institutions had it’s own agenda for controlling, even enslaving people, which resulted in their frustration with society. “Imagine no possessions,
I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger,
A brotherhood of man.
Imagine all the people sharing all the world”. John Lennon (Imagine) Hippie's goals were Peace, Love and Freedom.
To be a hippie one must believe in peace as the way
to resolve differences among peoples, ideologies
and religions. The way to peace is through
love and tolerance. Hippie anti-war movement First protests against Vietnam war started in October 1965 when the draft was increased from 3,000 a month to 33,000 a month.
Avoiding the draft by burning draft cards, fleeding to Canada, even faking an illness.
In October of 1965 a nationwide anti-war protest brought out 100,000 people in 80 cities around the country.
In April of 1967 an anti-war protest in New York City included 400,000 (equal to the number of soldiers in Vietnam at the time).
Among many speakers was Martin Luther King. Communal living A is an intentional community of people living together, sharing common interests, property, possessions, resources, and, in some communes, work and income. In addition to the communal economy, consensus decision-making, non-hierarchical structures and ecological living are important core principles.
For hippies, the "glue" was the desire for shared, sociable lifestyle and economical living. commune Free Love Before the movement, sex, love, marriage and children were thought of as a complete package that couldn't be separated.

In the 60s, books, media,
movies, advertising, and
fashion started loosening
such beliefs.

The movement resulted in opening of free clinics, sex education in schools, the free flow of information about sex and contributed to the expansion of women's and gay rights.

US went from "No sex before marriage" to "If it feels good, do it!" In the 1960s the hippies, undertook the largest uncontrolled experiment with drug use in the history of mankind. It meant freedom and it was cool.

Plethora of new drugs with names like LSD 25, DMT, purple haze, MDMA, orange sunshine, synthetic mescaline, psilocybin, STP and many more.

Why did hippies use drugs so extensively without concern?

"If it makes you feel better when you hurt, what does it do when you feel fine?" Drugs Fashion The fashion rule in the '60s was that there were no rules.
Anything went as long as it wasn't based on the drab
and conservative styles of the early '60s. dull, lacking brightness “The average hippie couldn't afford to shop like a rock star. Our stores were less like Harrod's and more like the Salvation Army. Nevertheless we were able to piece together something from bits of cloth. It was easy to take an old pair of blue jeans, holes and all, and just put some bright patches over the holes. If they didn't fit, you could open the seams and insert a triangle of something else, thus giving you flared bellbottoms. A cheap bandanna, an old vest, some beads and you were the height of fashion”. Hippies focused everyone’s concern on the environment to highlight the responsibilities to the planet and to future generations.
Hippie beliefs included:

Paganism and belief in Gaia
The Green movement
Commune living
Free love
Psychedelic drugs
Anti-war beliefs Earth as an organism Nature in itself has the answers to life's
most important questions Interacting with the spirit world Skip Being a hippie is not a matter of dress, behavior, economic status, or social surroundings. It is a philosophical approach to life that emphasizes freedom, peace, love and a respect for others and the Earth. Is it possible that there is a little bit of hippie in you?
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