A Brief Story of Hippie Movement 1960s


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The Hippie Movement 1960s was indeed an essential part of the western history. Although its fundamental tenets are still not as widely accepted as it probably deserved these days, its significant contributions to society’s advancement can not be easily dismissed. Look back on this decade of the most idealistic movement for better understanding of their motivations.

The Beginnings

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Hippy or Hippie started as a countercultural movement in the 1960s at college campuses in the United States. Eventually, the movement spread to other countries such as Britain and Canada. Its name came from “hip,” a term applied to the Beat Generation members in the 1950s. It is a group centered in the Bohemian artist communities in San Francisco. Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg were part of the Beats generation and were said to be the hippies’ precursors. Despite its beginnings stemming from their opposition to the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, hippies were not as politically involved as other activists such as the Yippies (Youth International Party). However, their collective calls for peace and love through their music and lifestyles resonated across the world.

A Hippie’s Life

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When they saw that the middle-class society was preoccupied and consumed with worldly materialism and repression of purposeful existence, Hippies felt alienated and pushed to create their distinctive lifestyle. They started to stand out among the clothing styles in the 1960s due to their preference for comfortable yet unconventionally colorful dresses and often grungy clothes. They avoided falling prey to large corporation’s sales-driven marketing and would rather shop in thrift stores or small neighborhood businesses. Granny dresses and rimless glasses became trendy among them, too. The Hippie Movement 1960s were known for their communal or cooperative living situations. They also lived off vegetarian diets based on unprocessed foods and preferred to produce their own supplies through farming. They also practiced holistic medicine and used The Whole Earth Catalog for their life’s necessities. Driven with what they felt towards middle-class society, Hippies were often outcasts, and perceived to decline starting their careers and jobs. Few of them put up small businesses to cater to other hippies.

Ideologies

Hippies believed and advocated for love, peace and nonviolence means to achieve harmony. They also encouraged tolerance to alternatives from conventional ways of living, and openness to the restrictions and regulations of the middle-class society. They are receptive to having open sexual relationships and being a part of different types of family groups. For spiritual guidance, Hippies sought out Buddhism and other Eastern religions. They justified the recreational use of hallucinogenic drugs such as marijuana and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) as a way to explore sensory awareness and increase metaphysical consciousness.

Some people may have only known the Hippie Movement 1960s to music, arts, and fashion styles. In reality, those things are merely the results of their more significant, more meaningful and life-changing beliefs. Undoubtedly, Hippies’ deeper motivations and grit to go against the conventional society  have left vast influences in the modern way of life.

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