Practical guide for Planet Friendly, 21st Century beings


Let’s Hear it for the Hippies !

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Let’s hear it for the Hippies !! Beings of the 60’s; Their legacy is still with us today

Hippies are people too. They are usually defined as someone, esp. of the late 1960s, who rejects the established values of contemporary society, and who demonstrates that rejection through unconventional dress and behavior, and by advocating pacifism and communal living. Other adjectives usually include Flower Child and Non-Conformist. They also are known for ushering in the movement towards being environmentally firendly, being healthful and mindful of our place in the evolution of our planet. By the way, lots of scientists could be considered hippes if they try to educate world governments on the effects of global warming or extinction of species.

Nowadays, the hippie (or hippy) moniker is attributed to anyone who:

Prefers the verdant outdoors with wildlife and wind to indoor office cubicals and recycled air.

Wears jean shorts and a t-shirt and goes barefoot in the grass in their own backyards

Prefers real food to processed (fast) food.

Prefers whole/natural foods to pesticide sprayed foods whenever available.

Watches the Food Network and screams at the tv set “That’s too much butter!”

Prefers green, living fences to chain link fences.

Prefers sustainable living in a smaller home and neighborhood to a neighborhood full of Starter Castles/McMansions.

Prefers Earth Homes and self-sustaining energy efficient homes to corporate energy slave homes.

Uses meditation techniques in conjunction with New age, meditation music for deep relaxation or personal development.

Practices recycling and conservation of renewable resources.

Practices Yoga or TaiChi on a regular basis.

Is informed about and/or uses solar lighting wherever practical and solar panel energy when available and affordable.

Views our visible world as just a smaller part of a larger Universe.

Ponders the possibility that everything in our Universe is connected in a pool of recirculating boundless energy.

Hippies are also determined, but patient -Asya 7/15/06 (thank you)

(I’m sure you can add a line or two to this list)

Hippies also resurrected the idea of communal living known in the 60’s as ‘Communes’. This Utopian back to nature-self sufficiency movement harkens back to an earlier time when people lived in small settlements and depended on everyone’s contribution to the collective unit. Ideally, everyone is considered to be an equal contributor to the society. I found a very good article on Commune living that is a first hand account and a must read for anyone interested in the subject.

They also gave us co-ops, a centralized collective of food and goods that were shared amongst all of the contributors. It’s an idea that seems to have waned a bit but it’s still with us to some extent in the form of food pantries and farm co-ops. A very good idea and one that deserves a major resurrection in my opinion.

 As time goes on I’ll be adding more to the hippie legacy and expounding on their contributions to our society.

Some of the topics we will discuss are :

Hippie living quarters [Available self sustaining home technologies, Solar powered everything, energy efficient homes]

Hippie landscaping [Zen yard/garden designs, green screens, rain water systems, viewer examples]

Hippie recycling [Waste material reuse, reducing waste]

Hippie eating habits [homemade gourmet food, whole foods, nutrition]

Hippie here-after [meditation, metaphysics, philosophy]

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Comment by Melissa

aaah
i love hippies
Peace love freedom
kiss

Comment by Sara

dear fellow hippies,
yELLOW mELLO fLOWERS!!!!

PS. DON’T RUPTURE MY SHAKURA!!!!

Comment by HIPPIE JOE

HEY fellow hippies!!

stay strong and dnt give into the steriotypiacl world that society has created today.
stay loving

peace, love, and happiness

Ashlie B

Comment by Ashlie B

Year! I am a 21st Century Hippie!

Comment by Kipker

i am only fourteen but i wish i could have been around in the 60’s but im a hippie at heart well keep the world free and pure and one day maybe the world could live together in peace as john lennon said it

Comment by Jeff Fomby

Hey, im a hippie too you rock man, by the way you might wanna change the picture, beacaue currently its the symbol for mercedes not the peace sign, the peace sign’s line in the middle goes all the way down

Comment by Jim

Duly noted,Jim. Thanks for the comment and the clarification on the peace sign. Haste makes mistakes, I guess? Have a great one!

Comment by dfryer

I’m 14 years old and I’m a hardcore hippie!
i’m sick of the capitalist lies and hipocrasy.
The revolution will come again!

Comment by Eddy G.

Good article…. Am bookmarking it…lol Love hippies, am a hippie, live with hippies….you know it….lol A lot of people dont realize how much recycling they WOULD be doing if they ACTUALLY did it… I have troubles myself, but it is TOTALLY worth it!

Comment by homegrownhippieflower420

Peace .&. Love .!.
❤ Beccah Melecka

Comment by BeccahMelecka

PEACE FREE LOVE AND MUSIC….the hippie way is the best way!

Comment by chels.

good info.

Comment by marisa

Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

Comment by sandrar

Groovy, man!

Comment by Mike

I was there for the 60’s and knew it would all end because of some the dark side of human nature. I’ve given it 40 years of thought and come up with what kind of a world, both good and bad, the ‘counterculture’ ideals will lead to. It may be of some interest to those who still share those ideals. see http://www.kassidor.com. The ‘Second Expedition’ trilogy will get deeper into it. Thank you all for keeping the faith.

Comment by Lee Willard

im 16 and have been a hard core hippie for years
glad i found this site
i was beginning to think i was the only one left

peace

Comment by Ana




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