Hippies, what’s the issue?

2 years, 11 months ago

I wouldnt say there is hate as much as there is resentment. I have to deal with the hippie stereotype a lot, and am therefore often labeled a stupid lazy stoner, among other things that go along with the idea. People really pigeonhole me into this image and it can be extremely frustrating. I go to college and people are always shocked to see me at deans list ceremonies and leadership seminars because of this preconceived notion they have.
Yes i like the outdoors, yes i like to lay in the grass, yes i like to hit the occasional joint. But I am also an intellectual, among many other things. I am not one stereotype. I can’t be the only one who deals with this kind of prejudice.

March 11, 2012 at 3:37 am

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Profile photo of Brandon Brandon (@unstoppableobject) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

Why’s there so much hate for hippies on this forum?

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Profile photo of Bryan Hellard Bryan Hellard M (@xyver) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

Because they’re dirty.

Haha I actually have no idea. I haven’t been noticing any “hippie hate” except for Tits, who occasionally comments about dirty hippies

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Profile photo of Marissa Marissa (@missanicole) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

really? i was under the impression that most of this site’s members ARE hippies…

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Profile photo of Luke Barone Luke Barone (@lukebarone) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

I blame South Park.

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Profile photo of luigi luigi (@luigiblue) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

Who hates hippies? I am a hippy. Screw you guys I’m going home!

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

Hey! Who doesn’t love a junkie with a lot of STDs?

http://www.documentaryedge.org.nz/2011/img-film/dirty-bloody-hippies-229.jpg

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 2 years, 11 months ago ago
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Profile photo of SumtinProphetic SumtinProphetic (@sumtinprophetic) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

What’s your definition of “hippie”?

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Fucking dirty ass hippies smoking all the good weed, not doing any work, saying “man” too much… And did I mention they are dirty.

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Profile photo of Skye Skye (@skye) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

I didn’t know there really was a problemo with hippies. Maybe cause most of us here are carefree with ambitions, and hippies are carefree/antishower/flower-children???

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Profile photo of Luke Barone Luke Barone (@lukebarone) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

I can’t believe we still label and group people.

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

@Luke, now we have stereotypes. And instead of hate, we have prejudice. Typical. But the hippie message isn’t really something complicated, so I guess in their case it would be okay to judge the book by its cover.
During the occupy protests, the hippies who had sex in tents and did drugs were the ones who gave the movement a bad reputation. So… they are really hated by many, whether they’re called “hippies” or not.

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Profile photo of Mikey W Mikey W (@mikeyw829) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

Why would someone want to label themselves? Why not just be you? You aren’t the clothes you wear, the beliefs you have, etc. It’s just another thing to individualize yourself as and feel different from others. It creates separateness. The ‘peacemakers’ vs. the ‘corporations’ or something along those lines. It goes for any label, not just hippies.

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Profile photo of Mikey W Mikey W (@mikeyw829) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

@ Dominika. What you said goes to show that labeling others is just as limiting (I still deal with this, but I’m becoming more aware of it). How could you know who someone is just by what appears on the surface? Labeling yourself and labeling others is two sides of the same coin.

If someone labels me as something (as insecure, all knowing, a hippie, a hardass, etc) and I get offended, it goes to show that somewhere in my psyche, what I am being labeled as IS part of my identity at some level. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t get offended by it. Just as if you label someone as as something, your resentment for them shows that somewhere inside you there is something telling you to not be what you are labeling and detesting.

Is there anything wrong with hippies, or any label for that matter? I don’t think so. Feeling the need to label yourself only limits your possible course of action and makes you predictable. Personally, I could care less if you consider yourself a hippie or any other label. No identity is better or worse than another. It’s all on the same level of mind

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Profile photo of Alex Alex (@hollowinfinity) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

If I labeled myself I would’ve went from an emo kid to a hippie. Explain that one.
Either way, as far as stereotypes go, being a hippie is like a compliment. “OH YOU PEACE ADVOCATE WHATS WRONG WITH YOU!”

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Profile photo of EliseTheAstronaut EliseTheAstronaut (@elisetheastronaut) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

@ Alex
hahahaha awesome.

@ Dominika
I know exactly what you mean. I have dreadlocks, wear earthtones, skip makeup, shower a couple times a week, (although I am never stinky), got a buncha piercings, and I smoke weed on the regular. I’m also one of the top students in my class at college. I fully enjoy seeing people’s sceptical and condescending looks when I show up as class rep to meet with the dean of heath sciences or when I’m the one leading the anatomy tutoring group. Reality check!! lol. There are no such thing as boxes.

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Profile photo of TheSkaFish TheSkaFish M (@theskafish) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

Who is dumber, a person who knows how to chill out, stay happy, and does what they want, or somebody who trudges to the grind every day, cursing and working long hours and still gets nowhere, only to keep doing it again and again expecting a different result? “Those damn kids, they should be working jobs, getting stress related disease, smoking cigarettes, growing moustaches, then going home sitting on the couch drinking a 30 pack a day of the worst beer, repressed and full of regret! Life is boring then you die, get used to it!”

Though I would not consider myself a hippie (I like things about them but also think labels are a limiting belief), I do think more people should take a leaf out of the hippies’ book and learn how to relax. In my last job, people were so stressed over the smallest things, I wanted to tell them to just relax because we’ll all be dead a lot sooner than later so why hasten it with this stress? Why should we waste what little youth we’ve got left stressing ourselves into an early grave just so the boss and their family can have more toys? Is that really worth working for? Is there really anything glorious or right in that, or is it just senseless sacrifice?

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Profile photo of EliseTheAstronaut EliseTheAstronaut (@elisetheastronaut) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

@Skafish
Yessss. ThANk you. :) Love the way you put that.

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Profile photo of BirdFlyingHigh BirdFlyingHigh (@birdflyinghigh) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

The reason I don’t like hippies sometimes is they’re all talk no action

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Profile photo of Alex Alex (@hollowinfinity) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

Peace is action.

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Profile photo of BirdFlyingHigh BirdFlyingHigh (@birdflyinghigh) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

Fair enough.

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Profile photo of Alex Alex (@hollowinfinity) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

I’ve always genuinely thought that if everyone had a positive attitude all the time, the world would fix itself. A lot of people do things to be cool, but if we make being a good person, keeping the peace cool, then everything else will just naturally follow.

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Profile photo of BirdFlyingHigh BirdFlyingHigh (@birdflyinghigh) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

You can’t have a positive attitude all the time. People have dual natures. It’s pointless to deny.

I don’t think it’s possible to be up without being down, it’s possible to be even keeled all the time and if more people were that way then I think the world would be better… but sickness happens, people die, others try to scam you for money, etc etc.

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Profile photo of Mikey W Mikey W (@mikeyw829) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

If you are doing what you are doing not for the image or for an added sense of self, and someone happens to think that is being a hippie, so be it.Their opinion takes nothing away from you in this case because it wasn’t part of you to begin with. If you consider yourself a hippie, you limit your course of action to only things a hippe can do and believe in. You define yourself by what you are not (anti-war, anti-violence, anti-establishment, anti-weapons, etc). A person who does this has a definition of what ‘peace, love and unity’ are based on what they believe it isn’t, which also constricts what these things can be to a huge degree

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Profile photo of Mikey W Mikey W (@mikeyw829) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

If you are doing what you are doing not for the image or for an added sense of self, and someone happens to think that is being a hippie, so be it.Their opinion takes nothing away from you in this case because it wasn’t part of you to begin with. If you consider yourself a hippie, you limit your course of action to only things a hippe can do and believe in. You define yourself by what you are not (anti-war, anti-violence, anti-establishment, anti-weapons, etc). A person who does this has a definition of what ‘peace, love and unity’ are based on what they believe it isn’t, which also constricts what these things can be to a huge degree

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