Peace: Let’s Discuss The Origin Of The Hippies And The 1960s Movement


Let's Discuss The Origin Of The Hippies And The 1960s Movement

Brief About The Hippies

The 1960s counterculture movement believed in free space to breathe, free love to feel, and most importantly free life to live. It also bought peace, love, drugs, and sex together all over the United States.

This movement suddenly blossomed in the 1960s participated mostly by the peace-loving yet brave youngsters of America. They came out of their houses to challenge societal norms. Norms that stopped people from living their life according to their wishes. Despite being born in Christian families, they were not spiritually confined to Christianity. Sex was an important aspect of the movement and these hippies kept their sexual lives open.

Peace: Let's Discuss The Origin Of The Hippies And The 1960s Movement
Peace: Let’s Discuss The Origin Of The Hippies And The 1960s Movement

Their way of protesting and revolting was very different to what other parties did. They tried to accomplish their goal through the path of love. Wearing floral clothing, consuming psychedelic drugs, and growing extra long hair and beards were the signs of a hippie. However, the fashion that they followed back then is still loved by the youngsters. Many rock bands and famous music artists also participated and supported the hippies. Musicians like Bob Dylan, rock bands like Beetles, also took part in this revolution. Even poets and novelists like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac were regarded to be the fathers of hippies.

Peace And Flowers Were Integral Parts Of The Movement

Hippies loved to be in their floral attire: floral fabrics, headbands, etc. They even distributed flowers to the people out and even to the soldiers. That is why they became popular as “flower children”. They were activists who always carried a smile on their faces and used it as a support to change the no-war rallies into guerrilla street theatre all over. 

However, one of the most touching moments of the movement was when nearly 200,000 hippies and other activists marched peacefully on the Pentagon in order to rise it into the air. The glimpse of this march is believed to have given him goosebumps. They were all surrounded by thousands of soldiers in the Pentagon. But unfortunately, the peaceful state didn’t last for a long time there. Soon people got down to nonviolence when few of the protestors fought with the U.S. Marshals. This protest happened to continue for almost three days. 

Peace: Let's Discuss The Origin Of The Hippies And The 1960s Movement
Peace: Let’s Discuss The Origin Of The Hippies And The 1960s Movement

To further enhance this movement, many of the protestors went ahead and put flowers in the barrels of the soldiers’ guns. Many other protestors made chains from the daisy flower. The public was astonished by their actions and this further promoted the movement. 

In the middle of the 1970s, the hippie movement faced some downflow. Since drugs were available at a plentiful amount, there were cases of drug overdoses and crime. This was one of the prior reasons for the decline of the movement. There were many rapes as well as murder cases that came into news. Secondly, the capital of this movement, San Francisco” was in a very bad condition by the end of 1967. Due to the rise in population and unsanitary habits, people started to suffer from various diseases as well. 

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