hippie movement

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The Hippie Movement borrowed ideas and traditions from Ancient Greece and the Romantic Period. Similar to the Cynics, Hippies rejected social customs by not cutting their hair and wearing their own style of clothes- often rags to protest against the clean cut, hypocritical tendencies of their age. Like the Romantics, the Hippies preferred to base their actions on impulse rather than rational thought.

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The Hippie Movement began in the 1960s in San Francisco, California. The Hippie Movement is rumored to be a response from outrage of the Vietnam War. Very politically active Hippies were called ‘Yippies'( Youth International Party).

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Goals: Peace, Love, and Freedom. Hippies seek to change the world through reason and by living what the believe. They believe in peace as the way to resolve differences among peoples, ideas, and religions. The way to peace is through love and tolerance.

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The Hippies organized their first really big protest in Washington DC 250,000 protestors gathered for one common goal: They wanted their troops to come home from the war and for US involvement in the war to be ended. Not only Hippies were at this protest. There were also students, intellectuals, radicals, and citizens of all classes. Through the years of the Vietnam War, hundreds of anti-war rallies were held. Hippies also took part in the Civil Rights Movement.

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In the 1960s, Hippies undertook the largest uncontrolled experiment with drug use ever. From labs in pharmaceutical companies, on college campus’, and bathrooms around the country came the introduction of new drugs with names like: LSD 25, DMT, Purple Haze, MDMA, Orange Sunshine, STP, and a lot more. Hippies mostly used mostly used Marijuana, but at times that it became unavailable they used harder drugs. Still, Hippies tried whatever they could get their hands on, including: Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Heroin. Artists, poets, writers, and musicians all felt inspired under the influence of drugs. Individuals who experimented first and then reported the result in various media were considered Psychedelic Shamans. John Lennon was considered a Shaman, along with many others.

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Hippies took pieces of ideas from the religions of the far east. They formed their own mixture of Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. They took many ideas from Buddhism especially, because Buddhists stressed the importance of peaceful living and exploring one’s own mind. The “Age of Aquarius” was thought to bring a new world, by the Hippies. Aquarius is a symbol for peace, creativity, changing the old, and creating the new. Astrology was perfect for the Hippies’ ideology, because they wanted to change the world with exactly the aims of Aquarius.

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Many Hippies made a long-term commitment to the lifestyle, but not all. Some Hippies “sold out” during the 1980s and became part of the materialist, consumer culture. Not as evident now as in the 60s, but Hippie culture never died out completely. Hippies and Neo-Hippies can still be found on college campuses, at communes, at gatherings, and at festivals.

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The legacy of the Hippie Movement is the reason for the way we are living today. In General, unmarried couples living and traveling together is now accepted. Where as before the movement, society used to disapprove of it. Now people with different sexual orientations have rights too. religious and cultural diversity has also gained greater acceptance. The way we dress is much less formal because of the Hippies too. For example, before the movement, men used to be forced into wearing ties and formal clothes like that. There’s a lot more that the Hippies did too…

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