Skip to comments.Blame hippies Sixties counterculture eroded moral foundations of society
Posted on 12/26/2004 11:12:41 AM PST by zzen01
My scholarly friend Herb Meyer contends the American Revolutionary War was the greatest intellectual event in western civilization, not simply because the British were beaten, but rather it determined God's power flowed to the people and not to the kings.
With that, insists Meyer, the rule of law and the concept of individual rights were born.
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The Writer has finally described what so many Americans have known for a long time. The stench of Petchoulie is still in the air. I hated it then and I hate it now!!
None of it ever made any sense. The riots against Viet Nam and the Government itself stunk up the whole place and the Socialist took advantage of it and thru fuel on the fire!
my friends and I call them the "grasshopper generation" (based on the ant and the grasshopper story)
of course we are evil "gen X" ppl
The hippies and their larvae have done insurmountable damage to our society, and by the time they raid our grandchildren's futures for their retirement through unending social security/medicare, they will truly be the ugliest generation in our American history.
The "Flower Children" only are concerned about themselves and were phony since the 1960s. I recognized this 40 years ago.
The chickens have come home to roost.
When we kicked God out of the country and decided that murdering babies was a good idea, evil stepped right in and is having a ball to this very day.
While the hippy philosophy and its relation to drugs cost my brother his life, the era had support from schools and the teacher's union who took advantage of the laid back student population to lay back themselves. Situational morality has taken its toll and will continue but there is some hope that the current conservative movement will continue to swing the pendelum the other way.
May I suggest "the grass smoker" generation, as in "Things are not always as they appear to you, Grass Smoker".
Telling stats indeed.
Having had the opportunity to view the so-called "counter culture" up close, I can tell you that "hippie" was just a phase that many people passed through on their way to jobs selling insurance and living in the burbs. It wasn't a lifestyle that very many adopted for the long haul. There were casualties from drugs and wrong thinking, but that number (though tragic) is relatively small.
The statistical inversion that you cite makes sense to me, having lived and watched it all with proximity and interest. The built -in prejudice of the media is being exposed for what it is; a part of one particular political party. The armed forces have improved from the good ol' boy system of the conscripted services to the professional armed forces that we have now.
It began with the drug culture which broke down inibitions and allowed people to do things they never thought possible. It was the "instant generation" - they wanted EVERYTHING - NOW! They had instant entertainment [TV] - they had instand food [TV dinners].
There were leaders telling young people to take drugs - you forget all your problems. The real problem was - when the young people woke up - the problems were still there - and they were still unequiped to deal with them.
It was "free love" - and all that sort of rot. To me - the real problem was that the parents of these young people DIDN'T STAND UP AND TAKE CONTROL OF THE SITUATION .. having been raised to believe that if they quelled their little darling's expressions - they would stunt the kids mind. Looks like a whole bunch of mind stunting would have perhaps solved that situation.
I'm so glad I was not a part of that generation .. but my sons were influenced by it and one of them is still struggling with it.
The real problem is this: society as a whole adopted their ideas, even as the original proponenets mostly abandoned them as impractical. Many of the ideas were watered down and bureaucratized, but they are still reconizable.
Why did this happen?
If you can provide a specific example, I could maybe reply in-depth. However, I don't believe that their ideas/philosophy were adopte wholesale by society at large. More than likely the same technologies and/or economics that impacted the hippies also similarly impacted the larger society.
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