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Where Have All the Real Hippies Gone?

Where Have All the Real Hippies Gone?

Earlier today, I read an article in Elephant Journal about the hypocrisy of those who attend music festivals and fancy themselves hippies while simultaneously trashing the beautiful grounds where many of those festivals are held. My fiancÚ, a longtime Phish fan, told me that a groundskeeper at venue where a Phish show had just finished once said to him that the band’s fans – who are supposedly diehard hippies – were among the messiest to attend events at the venue.

Indeed, the beliefs of the original hippies – a desire to protect the environment and to work towards equal treatment of all people – have become co-opted by popular culture. Anyone with dreadlocks or a Bob Marley t-shirt can call herself a hippie.

But hippiehood is not entirely dead. Yes, it is easy to become jaded by the throngs of fake hippies and to believe that everything real and good about the original movement has been lost. But that simply is not true. There are still some real hippies out there – and it is necessary to remember the importance of the ideals they stand for. The trust fund hippies and yuppie hippies who fill Whole Food are not the end of the story. What matters are the ideals of hippiehood, not the superficial trappings. And we must keep in mind that the underlying philosophy of hippiehood is still as poignant as ever.

 

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.

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12:06PM PDT on Jul 5, 2014

Thanks for this.

5:06PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Noted.

8:57AM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

we care2-ers are the new hippies :)

10:44AM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

thanks

12:36PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

I am 'hippie' I still am working for all beings to have a good life. I spend many hours a day signing letters, and making comments in them, and signing petitions. I was in San Francisco in the 60's I graduated in 1960 from high school. Our flat in SF was filled with the kids coming into the city to check out what was going on. We helped feed and got help for issues the kids had with parents, etc. Saving our planet was a theme that was in the middle of what was going on. Be kind and have consideration for all other life forms. That is what this hippie thinks a 'hippie' is. :D
Love yourself so you can love others as well. And don't forget hugs. We found humans need at least 8 hugs a day. So we hugged a lot. We wore what we liked. We did not care for the 'latest' styles.
A lot of people think all we did we drugs, and had sex. But we did more then that. that is why there is Occupy (fill in what to occupy), and we all know how to do demonstrations. We had a lot of practice in the 60's.
In my heart I have hope to see all life on our planet live, and prosper.
And to have all 'nationalities' remember we are all one species...the colors, shapes and sizes of us humans are various...like snow flakes.
Have respect for others, and yourself.
My long hair and colorful clothes is not what makes me a hippie....it is my mind set.
All people need to live with justice and dignity.
This is what a hippie is to this one.

12:22PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

I am 'hippie' I still am working for all beings to have a good life. I spend many hours a day signing letters, and making comments in them, and signing petitions. I was in San Francisco in the 60's I graduated in 1960 from high school. Our flat in SF was filled with the kids coming into the city to check out what was going on. We helped feed and got help for issues the kids had with parents, etc. Saving our planet was a theme that was in the middle of what was going on. Be kind and have consideration for all other life forms. That is what this hippie thinks a 'hippie' is. :D
Love yourself so you can love others as well. And don't forget hugs. We found humans need at least 8 hugs a day. So we hugged a lot. We wore what we liked. We did not care for the 'latest' styles.
A lot of people think all we did we drugs, and had sex. But we did more then that. that is why there is Occupy (fill in what to occupy), and we all know how to do demonstrations. We had a lot of practice in the 60's.
In my heart I have hope to see all life on our planet live, and prosper.
And to have all 'nationalities' remember we are all one species...the colors, shapes and sizes of us humans are various...like snow flakes.
Have respect for others, and yourself.
My long hair and colorful clothes is not what makes me a hippie....it is my mind set.
All people need to live with justice and dignity.
This is what a hippie is to this one.

12:16PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

I am 'hippie' I still am working for all beings to have a good life. I spend many hours a day signing letters, and making comments in them, and signing petitions. I was in San Francisco in the 60's I graduated in 1960 from high school. Our flat in SF was filled with the kids coming into the city to check out what was going on. We helped feed and got help for issues the kids had with parents, etc. Saving our planet was a theme that was in the middle of what was going on. Be kind and have consideration for all other life forms. That is what this hippie thinks a 'hippie' is. :D
Love yourself so you can love others as well. And don't forget hugs. We found humans need at least 8 hugs a day. So we hugged a lot. We wore what we liked. We did not care for the 'latest' styles.
A lot of people think all we did we drugs, and had sex. But we did more then that. that is why there is Occupy (fill in what to occupy), and we all know how to do demonstrations. We had a lot of practice in the 60's.
In my heart I have hope to see all life on our planet live, and prosper.
And to have all 'nationalities' remember we are all one species...the colors, shapes and sizes of us humans are various...like snow flakes.
Have respect for others, and yourself.
My long hair and colorful clothes is not what makes me a hippie....it is my mind set.
All people need to live with justice and dignity.
This is what a hippie is to this one.

12:08PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

I am 'hippie' I still am working for all beings to have a good life. I spend many hours a day signing letters, and making comments in them, and signing petitions. I was in San Francisco in the 60's I graduated in 1960 from high school. Our flat in SF was filled with the kids coming into the city to check out what was going on. We helped feed and got help for issues the kids had with parents, etc. Fed people, help them with the issues they had, and for sure....saving our planet. Be kind and have consideration for all other life forms. That is what this hippie thinks a 'hippie' is. :D
Love yourself so you can love others as well. And don't forget hugs. We found humans need at least 8 hugs a day. So we hugged a lot. We wore what we liked. We did not care for the 'latest' styles.
A lot of people think all we did we drugs, and had sex. But we did more then that. that is why there is Occupy (fill in what to occupy), and we all know how to do demonstrations. We had a lot of practice in the 60's. In my heart I have hope to see all life on our planet live, and prosper.
And to have all 'nationalities' remember we are all one species...the colors, shapes and sizes of us humans are various...like snow flacks.
Have respect for others, and yourself.
My long hair and colorful clothes is not what makes me a hippie....it is my mind set.
All people need to live with justice and dignity.
This is what a hippie is to this one.

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Fascinating and insightful. Was still a child during the Hippie Movement but remember many aspects of it well, learning more as I grew older. Many battles fought and waged and so many similar social issues remain today that younger and older people are still wrestling with.

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Food certainly was more wholesome then, not as much factory farmed meat/poultry pumped full of antibiotics, hormones and other toxins and being fed non-species relevant foods. Now one has to eat organic free range meat to be sure of healthy meat. The same goes for veggies and fruit. These days, so much more pesticides and then the whole genetically modified horror show stomps ruthlessly throughout the fields of the world.

Foods were less refined back then, so much more unhealthy processed junk and other stuff vaguely resembling food these days. A chemical entree via the microwave when it comes to frozen dinners developed back in 1945 but likely even worse in the new century.

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