Are the hippies really gone now?

From 1967-1969, I was in San Francisco. My friend Norman, who was a hippie philosopher as well as a practicing attorney, told us the hippies could not survive as a subculture because they were giving too much of themselves into the mainstream.

Well, yes the hippies did change the culture I am sure, and many assimilated. But was Norman correct?    


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Ancient Hippy Profile
Ancient Hippy answered

I'm an assimilated hippie. My active hippie days ended when I  married a very old fashioned traditional girl. (love will do you in every time) My thoughts and aims never changed but I had to go mainstream in order to support a family, grasp at the American dream and buy a house. I went totally corporate and hated every minute of it. When I finally let go of "what was expected of me", I finally started to really live and was able to pursue what was important to ME, which was to enjoy my life, raise my kids and have a career that I was in total control over.

The hippie movement may be long over but there are still those of us that still believe and practice the philosophies. No, I don't have long hair, a fu manchu and I don't sit around barefoot and play my guitar singing protest songs. I practice kindness, generosity, love of my fellow man, sharing and most of all, respect for others.

dragonfly forty-six Profile

My step father in law and brother are definite hippies. My step father was in San Francisco in the 60's. They both reluctantly conformed in order to pursue limited dreams for money to fund their basic lifestyle. The rest they shared with others. They are both hippies at heart that only wear a suit in order to further their philosophy on different platforms.

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Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
That is SO lovely, Dragonfly!

btw...yesterday i noticed there are now Tiffany lampshades made with dragonflies; beautiful!
dragonfly forty-six
Thank you, Virginia. Yes, they are very lovely. Hubby gave me one a few years back. After I get a new sofa table, I'd like to display it in the picture window in my living room. 😃
Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

I know a few people in my area who still cling to the tradition; as a whole, though, the movement has slipped away. Hippies had an enormous impact on life in the 60s and their influence is still with us, even though some say the 60s were really only a fantasy. >:-/

But just up the road from my home we have this evidence that the culture is still alive and well.

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Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
Hurrah! Might be what was, in the Haight-Ashbury, called a head shop? Lots of pretty things, incense, tie dye and such?
Ancient Hippy
Ancient Hippy commented
I've gotta visit that shop some day.
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
That's the sort of stuff, Virginia.

And I knew you'd seen the pic before, Hippy, but thought it was appropriate here.

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