It is a culture that has the hippies as the focal point. If you’re not one, you’re either an associate (someone who admires and would like to be part of the lifestyle) or a bystander (the majority of society).
What characteristics makeup hippy culture?
To understand hippy culture one must first understand what a hippy is. The following characteristics are those, among others, that define the lifestyle:
non-violence and peace
love and light (of understanding)
ecological awareness and responsibility
spirituality and respect for all life
These values guide their lives as well as how they view the rest of society.
What are some examples of non-violence and peace?
Hippies have been promoting these values since the 1960s. They promote love, compassion, empathy, equality, and awareness. They do not believe in harming any living thing because they know that everything is a part of a cosmic oneness that we all come from. Our separation is an illusion that we create to define ourselves with labels and names.
What are some examples of love and light (of understanding)?
The hippy culture holds a deep understanding and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all living things. It is written within their hearts and souls as if they can feel it in their bones, and that is why they do not harm anything. They believe that everything, even the air we breathe is alive and sacred.
What are some examples of ecological awareness and responsibility?
They hold an unshakable belief in the interconnectedness of all living things. It guides their lives as well as how they view society. This value becomes evident through the clothing they wear, the food they eat (organic), and how they show respect for others property. They believe that there is enough to go around therefore it becomes their responsibility to conserve resources and help restore damaged ecosystems.
What are some examples of spirituality and respect for all life?
Their spiritual beliefs vary greatly; however, one common belief can be summed up in the phrase, “all life is sacred”. They believe that this world is but one of an infinite number of universes, each with its own realities. All realities are interconnected through the cosmic oneness that we all come from. Everyone has access to these other dimensions and can tap into them if they choose to do so. This idea guides their lives as well as how they view society.
What else makes up hippy culture?
In addition to the beliefs listed above, there are mystical/psychic abilities that seem to run in many of their bloodlines. Some may describe this as a “sixth sense”, or intuition, but it can be much more. Many people say that they were born this way, while others say that it can be developed. There seems to be some evidence within their genetics that shows the probability of increased psychic ability.
By understanding the beliefs that guide a hippy’s life, one can gain a greater level of respect for their lifestyle. They see this world in a way most people don’t and it shapes how they live their lives. It is important to remember that not all hippies are the same, just as not all non-hippies are the same. Just as there are different variations within mainstream society, there are different variations within the hippy culture.