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.
Dustin, I loved your comment.
I think as far as the debate about positivity goes, and how much being positive can influence the rest of the world – you are a part of the world. Turning yourself into a conduit of positivity DOES change the world, and I think more potently than trying to disperse positivity in little drips and drabs throughout your daily life.
For me, being a positive person means being self-sufficient, or at least not being a drain on others, which means having a head on my shoulders to use to navigate all of these unpleasant things which we all know come up every now and then.
I try to take care of my body, I try to have fun and party when I can, I try to be supportive of other people who are also just trying to be happy. I think that makes me close to a lot of the ideals that hippies hold dear.
i agree with you martijn in that it is true, and i said it also in what i wrote that we need to be aware of what is going on and take responsilibity for our actions, like BIRD FLYING HIGH points out being positive does make a difference and then taking responsible actions to bring about positive behaviour for the good of others is what the true HIPPIE spririt is all about. the thing that went wrong is that people got too greedy and wasted and the whole movement slid into a sort of decadence. that is what makes people detest hippie moochers who dont wanna work, just lay around stoned all day and get money from the society. i agree that it is the wrong way.
but hippies who are trying to grow organic vegies, are against monsanto, go to political protests all that. it is stupid to even call names or generalize about groups of people. we are all humans. that is about all i can say on this point.
Just another way to make people into an in-group and an out-group. Both always think the other is the out-group, but neither are right. Its the same shit in a different form: dems and reps, liberals and conservatives, logic and emotion, science and religion, etc… Dont buy into it, its unhealthy. And dont be all hoity toity with your philosophies cause they all unhealthy in the end. I’m a hippie by default. I fucking love showers, and soap, and toothpaste. Can you experience a philosophy? Hell no. Dont dissect me please I just want to point out the experience. Measuring every word against meaning… its the short-looking bright path that takes longer. Try the dark and ominous path(in other words, the path where you listen to your hearts compass instead of your minds map.), it takes way less effort.
@Brian patterson It was made Schedule 1 in 1970, but I think the government starting restricting weed much before that. In the ’50s, hippies did not yet exist.
“Mandatory sentencing (1952, 1956)
Mandatory sentencing and increased punishment were enacted when the United States Congress passed the Boggs Act of 1952 and the Narcotics Control Act of 1956. The acts made a first-time cannabis possession offence a minimum of two to ten years with a fine up to $20,000; however in 1970 the United States Congress repealed mandatory penalties for cannabis offences.”