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What is the hippie mentality?

is there anything intrinsically wrong with being a hippie? what is free love? and what are hippies main beliefs? lol

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If it wasn't for us hippies, poke, you wouldn't have the music you have now, the fashions that to this day still abound in every line of clothing, and the colleges and the universities that continue to teach the intellect which says, "CHALLENGE EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE", for no one has the right to force you to believe anything you don't feel is right. One of the major forces of free speech, the hippie movement helped give all of us the right the say what you feel without imprisonment because many times we paid the dues for this right with much discrimination for the young people who are around today. It became a movement vital to our nation when McCarthyism was jailing thousands of innocent people, and ruining the lives of thousands upon thousand of others with his psychotic scare of communism. I am a tad bit younger than the first original hippies but proudly rode on their coat tails. It was the most magical time in history to be alive and participate in. I cherish every second of that zealous and passionate time.

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Couldn't be more right on.
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Peace brother.
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I'd never related the movement to being anti-McCarthy but I was in error. It was definitely that, and was so badly needed ... McCarthy and his committee were an abomination in a country that has always claimed to be the home of the free. So many lives were ruined during that time.

So, let's raise our glasses to the Hippies and, a little too late, say thank you.
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Here here, Dodgy.
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Ah, the good old days...
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Yes they were...I forgot to mention technology. When the first computers first came out which took up the space of a 30 ft by 60 ft room, it was the long haired hippies (to the ears then) at the helm, dashing back and forth to the huge constant churning reels which were searching for programmed information...I saw many at McDonnel Douglas in St.Louis when I lived there and those were the ones who ended up in garages like Bill Gates and knew the PC could be invented...but it took a village for technology to get to where it is today, and the hippies along with the hippie "nerds" were there to conquer it.
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Pot pot pot pot! oh and beads in their hair! although my dad didn't do that part

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Sorry but I don't like hippies. Yes they believe in freedom and love but they do such stupid things to obtain it. The 60s they had a lot of hippies and a lot of problems with them too. They do drugs even though it is illegal, they hang out and protest in places they should not be, they vandalise property and stuff to try an prove a point. All these were very popular problems back then. I think it is a lot better without them. SORRY.

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Why are you sorry?
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Well, if you like hippies then im sorry to bad mouth them.
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Oh no. I was just wondering. :)
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Pokie pokie pokie
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So, apparently, you judge all hippies portrayed by the media at the time. What was portrayed was just a sampling, the bad eggs, if you will. Many accomplishments were celebrated by the movement and NOW they are celebrated by most. The generalization the all hippies did drugs, listened to satanic music and never bathed, is just wrong.
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Its not that southern.. more weed being smoked now than ever
tic_tac... the mentality was that love should prevail over war.. that the old strong arm tactics of division should be overthrown by a greater understanding of one world one people..
that our environment was a treasure.. not something to exploit for the here, now and money
that's not to say that drugs didn't play a part in derailing the ideals.. but not as much as the assignation of RFK and MLK
did.. those incidents shattered the peace... not to mention Bowling Green

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Very well said, thanks.
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it was for all of us
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Power to the people!
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Here it is from someone who lived it:
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. country, religion vs. religion, class vs. class. After millennia of war and strife, in which uncounted millions have suffered, we have yet to rise above our petty differences.

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THAT is well said!
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Right on-
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Thank you.
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Again, very well said...
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