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What does it mean to you [Dec. 14th, 2008|12:02 am]
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[advaya]
I have been attending rainbow gatherings for a few years, and I have considered myself a "hippie" for several years longer than that. However, I've been thinking about what the word hippie means.

I look at the hippies from the sixties, and I don't feel nostalgic, or like I missed out. I don't feel like I imitate them, and I don't feel like I have a lot of similarities. I look at the back to the land movement that emerged out of the late 60s and well into the 70s and there I do see a lot of similarities. It seems to me the back to the land movement achieved a great deal of lasting good, and they did not fall back into mainstream society at the rate the San Fransisco hippies did. They stayed true to their roots and their ideals much better.

How about you all? Do you see being a hippie in the terms of the 60s or do you see it in other terms? Is it about going to protests? Is it about living green? Is it about being a nomad? Is it burning man or rainbow gatherings? Is it in sex, or in music?

It saddens me greatly to see young people reminisce about the sixties when there is a "hippie" movement today, it's just different. I for one am glad we don't have a Vietnam, I'm glad we don't have the racial hostility we had. I am not going to sit around and cry that Led Zepplin no longer make music.
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