Hippies during the counterculture abandoned the cookie cutter mold of American ideology, while at the same time exercising America’s most fundamental principle; freedom. Hippies of the counterculture yearned to live a life stretched far from America’s fundamental ideals, yet failed to realize the very principles, which they were yearning to stray from are what ultimately allowed them to live and express themselves so liberally. The radical hippies of the counterculture constantly rejected mainstream American life but did not resist enjoying the freedoms and benefits, which the country offered them on a daily basis. The word “hippie” was not a handle chosen by the hippies for themselves, but was birthed from the words “hipster” and “hip” which comes from the beatniks, a group of avant-garde poets and writers prominent in the early 1960s. The beatniks were a reaction to the cultural conformity of postwar industrial America, and their writings resonated with those who formed an artistic vanguard in universities across the country. A “hip” person was usually highly literate, preferred jazz, hung out in coffee shops and maintained a bohemian lifestyle that often included smoking marijuana.” (Deziel, “Hippie Values and Beliefs”) The word “hippie” was coined by San Francisco Examiner journalist Michael Fallon in a 1965 story about the new bohemian lifestyle that was developing in the city's Haight-Ashbury district. Fallon got the name by shortening Norman Mailer's term “hipster”, and he “applied it to the second generation of beatniks who had moved into the Haight neighborhood from nearby North Beach. This new generation of drop-outs was more optimistic than the beatniks, however, more prone to talk about love, more flamboyant.” (Deziel, “Hippie Values and Beliefs”) In the summer of 1965 the hippies were “few in number but were well on their way to creating a small, thriving society—a counterculture.” ("Hippies") What exactly defined being a hippie? A hippie, also spelled hippy, was “a member, during the 1960’s and 70’s, of a countercultural movement that rejected the mores of mainstream American life.” ("Hippie") Originating on college campuses in the United States, the movement eventually spread to other countries such as Britain and Canada. Hippies were typically young, white males and females ranging from ages fifteen to twenty-five. They rejected the social norms and reveled in rebellion against the establishment. They felt alienated from middle-class society, which focused on materialism and the status-quo, and thus created their own unique lifestyle. The typical hippie preferred to grow their hair long and unconventional modes of dress, often with psychedelic patterns and colors. Men would grow long beards and sideburns. Both men and women would wear colorful beads and sandals. Hippies “commonly took up communal living arrangements, and they often adopted vegetarian diets based on unprocessed foods and practiced holistic medicine.” ("Hippie") Hippies were usually societal and/or high school and college dropouts who were often unemployed, preferring play over work. A major characteristic of hippies was that a vast majority of them smoked marijuana, also referred to as pot, on a regular basis and also participated in the ingesting of LSD, or acid. Its consistent use within the counterculture was a proclamation of the freedom to pursue and experience mental pleasure. They claimed that it tuned their minds to a higher frequency, a mindset that influenced them to perceive life in a whole new way; arguably, a transcendental experience. “The commitment to— as opposed to furtive use of— dope was the single largest symbol of the difference between counterculture and Establishment culture.” (Miller, p. 32) It is worth stating, however, “the hippies enunciated an ethics of drugs that made more overall sense than any ethics or policies prevailing in the drug-hysterical years since, policies that have given us the…
What is Freedom?
Living in Black Americas society, freedom is one on the number of issues that brings out much conflict. Of course freedom is a word which contains inbuilt restrictions. A free society contains individuals who are free to do what they do, whilst respecting the freedoms of others. Freedom can define as many other different definitions. Are we actually living in a society where freedom actually exists to the full extent? Most times we are limited to what freedom is actually…
Jason Landry & Laila Landry
“ Every person is the possessor of the fundamental freedoms
including freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, freedom of
opinion, freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and
freedom association.” page:188 - Weaving The World- Student Book A.
This means that everyone has the right to their own thoughts, religious beliefs, the right
to have your own opinion. Everyone has freedom of speech so everyone can say what
To be or not to be
I don’t fully understand the concept of “freedom” some contend that it is their constitution and bill of rights that they deserve and must preserve. However, if a piece of paper tells people what they should and shouldn’t do and what they do and don’t deserve isn’t that still limiting their rights their choice. So what is freedom? Isn’t it to be unrestricted from the chains (or in this case paper) telling them what actions they are…
Why do people fight for freedom? What makes it so important? Over the centuries,
thousands have bled and died to gain freedom,and even today many still fight to preserve it. I
value freedom because it means that I can make my own decisions and be in control of my
own fate. The U.S has fought for our freedom and without freedom of speech, our rights, and
religion the U.S would be in war with itself.
We are able to have freedom of speech in America one reason for example if Martin…
Having the right to say whatever you want is extremely important in this society, maybe even the most important right of all. Imagine not being able to say what you think. The government would completely pulverize our identity and we would not even make an impact in the world. We would just be there. Like I had stated before, great men and women have spoken out and have made great changes. Whether it be speaking out against the government or introducing a new theory, this would…
20 May 2015
The Hippies: A New American Culture
The hippie culture that blossomed during the 1960s created a new way of life for hundreds of middle class young people who no longer wanted to live a life that was pre-planned for them. This new American counter culture emphasized: a free spirited mindset, love to all, world peace, and embracing your own persona.
The word “hippie” originated from the word “hipster” which means “a usually young person, who is trendy…
Part 2: Human Freedom
Chapter 2: You are what you do?
Part 1: Development of ‘self ‘
Catholic teaching refers to the human person as being at once physical and spiritual (CCC #362)
“The Lord God formed man out of dust from the ground. And breathed into his nostrils
The Catechism describes the ‘soul’ as our ‘innermost aspect’ and ‘what which is of the greatest value’ n us The soul, it says, signifies our ‘spiritual principles’ ( CCC, #363)
1. Why it’s it that humans…
The movie I watched, titled the Freedom Writers was based on a true study of a teacher by the name of Erin Gruewell trying to make a difference in the lives of her troubled group of students. The Woodrow Wilson High School is located in a really bad area of Long Beach, California. Which has a voluntary integration program which brings Black, Latino, Asian, and White students together. This causes so much tension and violence in the school. This is Ms. Gruewell’s first year and…
September 18, 2014
Community: Christiana, Copenhagen, Denmark
Title: Christiania: Freedom from Society
Target audience: Students looking for information on the history and culture of the Christiania Free-town.
Purpose of paper: This paper will inform readers about the turbulent history of the community of Christiania, how they’ve survived and how their persistence will keep them going.
“You are now leaving the European…
December 7, 2012
Death to Freedom of Religion by a Thousand Tiny Cuts
The United States of America was officially founded on July 4th, 1776, with the signing
of the Declaration of Independence. This timeless document was an official statement to the
King of England that proclaimed, once and for all, the people of the United States of America
were not going to sit back and be unfairly ruled by a harsh and distant King. It was time for the