How to understand the lasting impact of that summer, which took root in a full-on Age of Aquarius neighborhood and blossomed into a counterculture that splattered across the planet?
There was dancing in the streets. The Summer of Love, as initially conceived, was a brilliant marketing scheme.
It was intended from the outset to be a convulsion of music, sex, and radical nonconformism. So, you might fairly ask, was the allure for young Californians the easy access to mind-altering drugs and sex? Or the throbbing psychedelic music? Against the backdrop of a country in turmoil, here would be an aphrodisiacal admixture that some , people would find too tempting to pass up.
The hippieverse had metastasized into a veritable, if not universally embraced, worldwide phenomenon. From New York to London to parts of Asia, the hippie lifestyle was observed by onlookers with a combination of amusement and condemnation. It was a thing of kaleidoscopic beauty, to be sure, but some also thought it was a thing reeking of despair. Rebels with a cause: The Summer of Love became a defining moment of the s as media flocked to the event, putting the hippie counterculture in the national spotlight for the first time.
Was it, like, too far-out, bro? For example, it led to the development of Silicon Valley. You heard that right. And for the record, Lewis swears he no longer drops acid. Actually, without too much of a stretch, you can make a pretty credible case for the argument: When I asked around among people who were there at the time — all of whom boasted that they still retain their hippie ideals, if not the iconic wardrobes — the underlying theme of that summer was not free love or LSD or rebellion against the distant war as expressed in the music.
It was, fundamentally, a simple, sweet sense of community. The underlying theme of that summer was not free love or LSD or rebellion against the distant war. Come on people now, Everybody get together, Try to love one another right now Consider: In part because the hallucinogens raised consciousness though not always mental acuity , hippies left us other gifts besides their remarkable music.
The notion of recycling, for example. The hippies were always concerned about sustainable living. According to The New York Times, for example, such reputable institutions as New York University and Johns Hopkins University are studying the potential of psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, to help terminal cancer patients face up to and accept their mortality.
The apothecary that was The Haight helped give birth to these important scientific breakthroughs. It also, unfortunately, led to serious issues with abuse of opioids. The lower-class kids have spawned a second or third generation of opioid addicts. A free clinic that opened in The Haight in — it was designed to help heroin addicts — has recently been absorbed into a multimillion-dollar medical conglomerate named wait for it HealthRIGHT It was just such a transformational time in a lot of ways.
In essence, to join that special secret society. The music scene had a huge effect. Old hippies die hard. The hippie lifestyle was … a thing of kaleidoscopic beauty, to be sure, but some also thought it was a thing reeking of despair. I see injustices every day. Unlike Vivian Murray, Tate is decidedly optimistic. On Facebook, of course. The final agenda item was an immodest throwback to Cable Neuhaus writes about popular culture for the Post and other publications.
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