A hippie-painted Volkswagen Beetle A July Time magazine study on hippie philosophy credited the foundation of the hippie movement with historical precedent as far back as the Sadhu of India, the spiritual seekers who had renounced the world by taking " Sannyas ". Even the counterculture of the Ancient Greeksespoused by philosophers like Diogenes of Sinope and the Cynics were also early forms of hippie culture. Francis of AssisiGandhiand J. Between anda German youth movement arose as a countercultural reaction to the organized social and cultural clubs that centered around German folk music.
The Way of the Hippy maybe it's the time of year. Yes, and maybe it's the time of man. And I don't know who I am. But life is for learning.
Once a hippie, always a hippie? These and similar questions are the source of much debate today. New subcategories like web-hippies, cyber-hippies, even zippies have become fashionable. But what is a hippie and are you one? Others classify drug users and rock and roll fans or those with certain radical political views as hippies.
Can all these definitions be right? It seems to me that these definitions miss the point. By focusing on the most visible behavioral traits these limited descriptions fail to reveal what lies in the hippie heart that motivates such behavior.
To understand The Way of the Hippy, we must look at those circumstances that preceded the birth of the hippy movement, the important events that changed our lives, our resulting frustration with society, and the philosophy that came from our spiritual maturation. This book will examine these developments and put them in the context of humanity's ongoing social evolution.
Hippy is an establishment label for a profound, invisible, underground, evolutionary process.
For every visible hippy, barefoot, beflowered, beaded, there are a thousand invisible members of the turned-on underground. Persons whose lives are tuned in to their inner vision, who are dropping out of the TV comedy of American Life.
Timothy Leary The Politics of Ecstasy My view is that being a hippie is a matter of accepting a universal belief system that transcends the social, political, and moral norms of any established structure, be it a class, church, or government.
Each of these powerful institutions has it's own agenda for controlling, even enslaving people. Each has to defend itself when threatened by real or imagined enemies.
So we see though history a parade of endless conflicts with country vs. After millennia of war and strife, in which uncounted millions have suffered, we have yet to rise above our petty differences. The way of the hippie is antithetical to all repressive hierarchical power structures since they are adverse to the hippie goals of peace, love and freedom.
This is why the "Establishment" feared and suppressed the hippie movement of the '60s, as it was a revolution against the established order. It is also the reason why the hippies were unable to unite and overthrow the system since they refused to build their own power base.
Hippies don't impose their beliefs on others.
Instead, hippies seek to change the world through reason and by living what they believe. Imagine no possesions, 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 To be a hippie you must believe in peace as the way to resolve differences among peoples, ideologies and religions. The way to peace is through love and tolerance.
Loving means accepting others as they are, giving them freedom to express themselves and not judging them based on appearances.
This is the core of the hippie philosophy. Some warn us of impending danger, others direct us towards richer, more fulfilling lives, but most show us the road to freedom.
Freedom is the paramount virtue in this system. Freedom to do as one pleases, go where the flow takes you, and to be open to new experiences.One expression of hippie independence from societal norms was found in their standard of dress and grooming, which made hippies instantly recognizable to one another, and served as a visual symbol of their respect for individual rights.
Through their appearance, hippies declared their willingness to question authority, and distanced themselves from the "straight" and "square" (i.e., conformist) segments of .
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Through their appearance, hippies declared their willingness to question authority, and distanced themselves from the "straight" and "square" (i.e., conformist) segments of society. Personality traits and values that hippies tend to be associated with are " altruism and mysticism, .
The origin of the hippie subculture that coalesced in the s is a matter of some debate. Most people “criticized hippie subculture for their loose morals and obsession with drugs”(Steele ).
Another negative activity was hippies’ promiscuity. Sex was a major issue connected with the hippie subculture on the sixties and seventies.
With this increased attention, hippies found support for their ideals of love and peace but were also criticized for their anti-work, pro-drug, and permissive ethos.
Misgivings about the hippie culture, particularly with regard to drug abuse and lenient morality, fueled the moral panics of the late s.