Hippie Counterculture In The Sixties
Hippie Counterculture was developed in the 1960s. It was a time when America was standing on dwindling grounds in terms of humanity, ethics, empathy, and human values. A lot of American youth in the sixties found the prevalent social norms confusing. It gave rise to the counterculture, the Hippie Culture.
Message Of Love And Peace
Many youths dropped out of their colleges and gave up their jobs to live a life that allowed them to be compassionate towards fellow human beings as well as animals. They wanted a world that has more freedom, empathy, and love. But the hippies used anti-social methods like drugs and freedom of sex to prove their point. They wandered from place to place and followed a different kind of music. They were generally courteous to strangers.
Overuse Of LSD And Marijuana
Until late 1966, LSD was legal in America. The sixties saw a massive sale of LSD and marijuana when a large population of youth started following the hippie counterculture. These groups of young people would often meet and consume LSD under the name of ‘acid test’ and listen to psychedelic music for hours or maybe days at a stretch.
Significant Changes That Happened In The Sixties
The decade of the sixties saw a rise of the Beatles; the taste of music changed from folk to pop music. The modern youth, the Hippie Counterculture, followed psychedelic music that transported them into the new world. The society became more expressive and open about taboos like sex, drugs, political stigma, and voicing one’s opinion. The American social structure got a severe blow when most of the youth took to drugs and the life of a vagabond. The Hippies were rebellious youths who wanted to express their dissent by defying the norms of society. They kept long hair, dressed loudly and shabbily, wore minimal or no makeup, and were always high on drugs. The Vietnam cold war was almost coming to an end as the leaders of both parties were holding frequent meetings to find a mid-way to end this crisis that was one of the root causes of the hippie movement.
Drug Overdose And Doom Of Hippies In The Late Sixties
Hippies started as rebels who were against the establishment. But the drugs that they used to ‘expand their consciousness’ actually made them retards, and they had no intellect left in them. Their principles and ideas of a revolution went to dust when they took drugs and passed out. However, the message of sexual liberation, empowerment, and the spreading of love and peace make an impact on the world. Still, They continued living lives like nomads eventually succumbing to deaths by drug overdose. A lot of political and social reforms were taking place throughout the world, and hippies had started creating a nuisance as they just begged for money to buy drugs and played loud music. Some hippies gave up nomadic lives and started having families and businesses. However, they stuck with the Hippie ideologies and practiced freedom of speech and raised their children more compassionately.