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The Legacy of the 60's Generation Part Two

Updated on December 29, 2014

Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change - this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.
Bruce Barton

DEATH….RE-BIRTH….THE SIXTIES

Most are gone now. The radicals, the movers and shakers, the spit in your eye outcasts and rejects who shouted from mountaintops and stood before rifles defying the Establishment….mostly all gone. Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, Fred Hampton, gone. Bobby Seale and Angela Davis are still out there somewhere, much quieter now, not as easily recognized, their towering voices a mere whisper of what they once were.

The Youth International Party, the Black Panthers, the Weathermen, the Revolutionary Youth Movement and the Students for a Democratic Society….they are all gone.

JFK, RFK, Martin Luther King, Jr…..all gone.

The movement seemed to lose energy before our very eyes. The Vietnam War ended, social changes were accomplished and the lifeblood of so many drained off the public landscape and were paved over by a return to normalcy. By 1975 it was as though the firebrands had all gone mute, or simply grown tired of the struggle, and America fired up their Weber grills and took a deep breath and rested….and rested….and rested.

As a country we returned to those things that had always brought us comfort. We returned to work, and we watched our pro teams battle it out and we went about the business of doing business. We settled down and raised our families, and we bought the latest gadgets and parked our two cars in the garage.

It would be so simple to say that the fervor to change society had died, but that would be an injustice. It would be so simple to say that after 1975 the harsh voice of radicalism died, but in truth that voice gained maturity and developed a softer more melodic sound.

Progress does not happen overnight. It is a continual flow of efforts and ideas, and today we see the fruits of the labor that was begun fifty years ago.

At the beginning of the decade.  Little did I know at the time.
At the beginning of the decade. Little did I know at the time. | Source

Today Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory

“Free at last, free at lastThank God almightyWe are free at last.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that the Civil Rights Movement has seen great successes? Prior to the 60’s black men and women were bent over under the weight of segregation, and it would not be an exaggeration to say that many had given up hope that they would ever experience the freedoms known by the whites.

Today, although blacks are still behind economically, there are signs of great strides being made for racial equality. The struggle is not over, but because of efforts made during the Sixties we are closer than ever to seeing freedom for all races. The radicals of that era are working within the system now, and even if they are gone from this earth, their legacy has inspired hundreds of thousands to continue working for their common goal.

In 1963 I wonder if anyone other than the greatest optimists could envision a black President?

Burn the Bra, Baby!

I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
Rebecca West


Stop for a moment and picture in your mind the quintessential woman of the 1950’s. Most would say that they picture a stay-at-home mom who does the cooking and cleaning and raises the kids, and on average that would be an accurate statement. Gender bias was accepted in the workplace, and although women did have equal rights under the Constitution there is little doubt that in society those rights had very little substance.

Then came the Feminist Movement of the 60’s, a tidal wave of mammoth proportions that simply could not be ignored, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, although wages still lag below those of men in comparable jobs, the gap is narrowing, and women can be found in the upper echelons of every major corporation and political structure.

Could we see the day when a woman becomes President? Quite possibly we will very soon, and it is my contention that the feminist movement of the 60’s has slowly worked within the system so that today anything is possible.

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More Social Change

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
Robert Redford

Although environmentalism did not start in the 60’s it certainly gained enough momentum to affect great change in our current thinking. Today the concept of recycling is as normal as breathing for Americans, but not so before the 60’s. Today we are concerned about global warming and the destruction of resources. Today we are concerned about finding alternative energy and saving the wilderness. Where do you think that social conscience came from?

And it continues! The words “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” have been with us since 1776, but today citizens are beginning to believe their true meaning can become a reality. Gay marriage, single-parent adoptions and a plethora of other social reforms are all a part of the fabric of this country, and we can see the influence of the Love Generation in their enactment.

Social Involvement

And here we see perhaps the greatest result of the 1960’s. I asked in Part One of this article what had happened to the rabble-rousers of fifty years ago? The answer, in many cases, is that they changed their approach and decided to work within the system. The Establishment did not break them, but it was also obvious that they could not break the Establishment. Thus, if you can’t beat it, join it and make it work for you.

I do not believe for a second that the former hippies and activists lost touch with the movement. I believe we see them today in all walks of life, working for social change in their own quiet, unassuming way. We find them working at jobs that raise awareness. We find them working for non-profit organizations. We find them working in environmental jobs, in the social service sector and yes, in the political sector. We find them working in the Arts, sculpting, painting, creating music with instruments and with the pen.

Each, in their own way, is crafting a better world, and as a civilization we are all better for it.

John Lennon

The Dream Continues

“Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one”

The words of John Lennon live on today, and if Lennon were alive he would have to admit that progress has been made. The legacy of peace on earth has been passed down from the 60’s dreamers to their children, a small ripple in the sea of time, growing slowly as it moves through the years, until it becomes a quiet, unstoppable tidal wave of change.

No, change does not happen quickly, but it does happen. Viewed in increments of days it is hard to see, but viewed over the years we can definitely see that change has happened and it continues to happen.

We are a better world because of what happened during that tumultuous decade, and as a society we will continue to carry the legacy that was handed down by a determined group of dreamers. Perhaps the greatest gift that they gave us was a social conscience. They forced us to look at the way we live and the way we treat others. It was painful at times, but most lessons worth learning are painful.

All you need is love! All you need is a willingness to accept and respect others! All you need is a desire to make this world a better place!

Never underestimate the power of a small group of determined people.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marquis, I did....I'll comment on it in awhile...customers are lining up and I'm late. :) Thanks for the mention.

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      Marquis 4 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

      Billy yBuc, remember I mentioned something about Dr. Ben Carson?

      Did you see him on CSPAN?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, it is an interesting time we live in. On the one hand I don't think kids care, but then I look around and realize that maybe they do but they are just quieter about it than we were during the 60's. Anyway, thank you for your friendship and support.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Really interesting hub and I think the 60's did set about so many great changes. I also think that younger people today are taking up the call, maybe just not on such a large basis. Look at the recent occupy movement, just to name one. While on one hand I think that social media has helped some of these grass root causes by getting the word out, I think that people can read about all of these thing on line, tell themselves it's awesome that people are doing it, but then move on to the next tweet or post and forget about what they read 2 minutes ago. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They were, Monis, and I miss them. :) Thank you!

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Great article, Bill, The 60-s sure were magical...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, at least you gave your husband fair warning. :) Thanks for the link my friend, and I hope you are having a great Sunday.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      While not a time machine, Nell Rose has written a hub about a time slip in Liverpool that goes back to the 60s. I think if I found myself in that time, I would never come back. If you're interested the link is:

      https://exemplore.com/paranormal/The-Liverpool-Tim...

      Seriously I wouldn't. I've already told my husband if it ever came to pass, he'd be on his own.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marquis, I'm working on it but I still have some kinks to work out. :)

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      Marquis 4 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

      I wonder when some one will invent the time machine. Then that some one can go back in time and put things right.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tony, your last sentence was profound my friend. Love that line and I so agree with it.

      It's hard to beat the music of the 60's. Fifty years later there are still radio stations devoted to it. That probably says a great deal.

      Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Tony Mead 4 years ago from Yorkshire

      hi again Billy

      possibly every decade has its moments, and I suppose it depends on where you are at the time that makes the difference. They say the winners write history and so it depends on which side of the void you dangle as to your perspective on the whole thing.

      However I do think that songs of that era where more meaningful than at any other time before or since and perhaps that is why such as Imagine and songs by Dylon and his chums are still quoted and sung today.

      When people learn to forgive themselves they will learn to forgive others and will be able to see a situation from a perspective other than their own.

      regards

      Tony

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pramod, it was a very exciting time in history for sure. You stated many of the more important events. Thank you for your visit and comment.

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      pramodgokhale 4 years ago from Pune( India)

      Sir,

      It is nice to look into recollections of the 6Os. Though cold war was at height ,Cuban crisis, JFK and assignation, Space adventures, even though i was a school boy ,my daddy was explaining me these changes.

      Vietnam war, Indo Pak war in 1965, Arab-Israel war 1956 for Suez canal.

      Feminism movement and agitation across the globe delivered great women as head of the state.(Indira Gandhi) in corporate women CEO ran big companies, proved their skills.

      I found many things happened at that time were fascinating. Mr. Gagarin entered the space , great event.

      Thank you for recollections

      pramod gokhale

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paul, I am every bit as impatient as you and for the life of me I don't know why it is such a hard concept to learn, to love they neighbor. However, I never give up hope, and so I'll look forward to tomorrow and hopefully some more positive change will happen. Thank you!

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      Paul Kemp 4 years ago

      Yes, billybuc, I will agree things in some ways are better now. I tend to see what is yet to be done -- and there is much work left. Progress has been made in advancing the appreciation of the importance of a natural foods diet. I am just an impatient sort. I don't see why it takes forty-plus years to figure out some basic truths. Truths that Jesus taught like "Love thy neighbor as thyself" that somehow we still don't practice. It's all coming to a head, like a slow-motion trainwreck -- A lot of bad ideologies that don't work must be wiped out, so Good can prevail.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, if I vanquished your concerns then I have succeeded with this article. Thank you my friend and take care of you please.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, it was never boring and that is a fact. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia! I enjoyed writing this two-parter.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill, I 've been waiting to read this when I had the time to digest it and I am not disappointed. I'm on my way to work now but I had to tell you that you did a really fantastic job on this. Whatever I felt about part one has been totally resolved. :-)

      As a fellow throwback from the 60's, I'm sure proud to call you my kindred.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Going back in time here how interesting and enjoyable life must have been back then, I am from the seventies.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an excellent hub, Bill. It's a great partner for your first hub about the sixties. I enjoyed reading your thoughts and analysis.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, I try to squeeze in a few hours of sleep. The years are running out for me. Lots to accomplish before I take the final sleep. :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      You're always here, so quick to respond, always in the first 5 to comment on other hubs... do you ever sleep ? :))

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, I like that...small steps can cover a long distance. That pretty much sums up this hub. Thank you!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Awesome hub. yes there has been a great deal of change and while there are people of like mind there will continue to be change, maybe it will never perfect but small steps can cover a long distance.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, my son is one of that group. He is 28 now and he thinks just like I did forty years ago. Don't stop believing.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That small group of determined people in the '60's makes me smile today. There are those of us with the '60's mentality. Even people that weren't born in the '60's have taken those values, and are making that change that will help the planet. I just hope that it isn't too late to make a proper impact.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, you speak for many from that era. We writers have an opportunity to spread love and beauty and kindness through our words. What a wonderful gift that is.

      Thank you for those angels my hippie friend. Keep them coming, and there is a hug and blessings for you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, and people like you too! We just keep doing our thing in hopes that others will listen....really that's all we can do as writers.

      Do I need to say thank you once again? You bet I do! Thank you Mary!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      "All we need is love" and the conviction to carry on our legacy. True, it started in the sixties and though its quieted down its not gone. Its up to us to keep it alive and people like you are doing just that. Awareness, caring, and yes, LOVE.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      All you need is love, love, love is all you need... how many times we heard it and passionately sang along....

      So many points you make hit home...this of course was my era...a dreamer and a believer....knowing not exactly how the future would unfold but shouting to the rooftops that we cared...

      The optimism you express is what we all should embrace....am a little guilty of being Pollyanna but can't help but know that we can 'just get along' and walk into tomorrow better and stronger and wiser and more filled with love for one another...

      Sending you blessings and hugs and Angels, my Friend. :) Ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha.....shhhh...you can hear them if you listen closely. :)

      Imagine if we all listened to them. :)

      Thank you my dear published writer.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I love this series. As you know, I love John Lennon. "Imagine" is embellished in my soul. It's who I am and how I live. That's probably why I go thru life wearing rose-colored glasses.

      I found it very interesting when you brought up the rebel rousers of the 60's are whispering today in (previously unconventional) environments where they can do good for the world. I never thought of that, but it makes perfect sense.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, if love is not the answer then I don't know what is, and I hope I never find out. :) Thank you dear lady, and you are very welcome.

      love and blessings,

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill,

      Love your series here you have going! Love is truly the simple answer, and that is what I am still going to push ----LOVE!!! I, like, Gypsy, was a child in the 60s and mostly drew the peace signs, etc., but the music will live on forever. Love you quotes too. Thanks for taking us back to that era.

      Voted up and sharing

      Love and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marquis, I don't see that happening anytime soon, do you? :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Fossillady....my family was from Iowa and I remember hearing from them during the 60's and it was much the way you describe it. Out of the mainstream but very aware of what was happening.

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      Marquis 4 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

      As long as human emotion exist, there will always be racism, prejudice, greed, lust, hate...

      In order for all of this to go, we must get rid of human emotions.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Lovely article . . . Born in the 50's in conservative midwest, we listened to the music, experienced with drugs (not me, lol),watched from our tv's the flower girls at woodstock, and the protests, but it was at arms length, nevertheless, it influenced our thinking. Now, the changes you pointed out have a more quiet voice and maybe now even more powerful. Couple other things that came out from the 60's, as well, was eating wholesome foods without additives and preprocessed which is a huge movement right now and much needed.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, you are not alone! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy....complicated for sure....exciting and crazy....oh my God, yes! Loved every minute of that decade and wish I could go back for a few days, just to fully appreciate that which I took for granted. :) Thank you my friend and I hope you are well.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. For me... "The Dream is Over".

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Complicated, exciting, crazy and hippie generation.... ah the sixties. It was an era that I found fascinating and intense years later when I could understand it. It was my childhood era and I lamented the fact that I couldn't be a hippie and flash peace signs. I drew them a lot but didn't really understand what it all meant. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paul, thanks for weighing in. Equality? Peace? I don't know where they are hiding but I will always believe that things are better now than they were.....and that is coming from a serious cynic. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, as I said to Marquis, I do believe it will always exist, but I also believe it has lessened and will continue to do so.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marquis, I agree. I do not believe it will go away, but I do believe it has lessened.

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      Paul Kemp 4 years ago

      I think the majority of Sixties Idealists sold out. They got co-opted into the system, became a little too polite for any of their respectful protests to have any effect. The Establishment has gotten slicker with it's arguments for war. Now, the adult children of the Sixties Radicals volunteer to go kill to defend the "American Way of Life". We have a half-black President presiding over a half-dozen conflicts and nobody is protesting very loudly. And the prisons are still half-full of black brothers who got caught smoking things the Pres used to smoke. Where's the equality? Where is the peace we sought?

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Racism and prejudice will change, have changed ( see President Obama in the White House) incrementally as long as people of good will keep pushing the more narrow minded element in society to accept reality (like same sex marriage, which is taking hold rapidly).

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      Marquis 4 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

      Racism and prejudice will always exist.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh yes, Ruby, so much still left to do. I think there is still a very invasive undercurrent of racism and prejudice in this country, and as long as there is we still have our work cut out for us.

      Thank you as always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LK, they did indeed, and many are still carrying the dream and trying to make it happen. I wish this nation could feel the hope and electricity that we felt back then. It really was something!

      Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      LKMore01 4 years ago

      Thank you for part two, Billy. I agree with the comments made regarding the impact the 60's had on social change. Many lost or sacrificed their lives so future generations could move forward.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      We have come a long way, but we still have some unfinished business to do and that's coming together honestly, many still do lip-service but have deep-rooted prejudices against anyone who is different. I love John Lennon's song. I love this hub. Thank you for sharing....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MsDora, the memories get to me every time too. Thank you for coming back for the wrap up.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for a beautiful recap of the various ideas which started back then and are now bearing fruit. We can still find traces of even those which apparently died. The memories get me every time. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, the cynic in me thinks the same thing, but I promised Bev this would be an upbeat and hopeful hub. LOL She wouldn't let me off the hook on that point.....and I am grateful to have her in my life, because she gives positive balance to my cynicism.

      Thank you for being such a good friend. One day I hope we can meet as friends are supposed to do.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, I guess we lost some, and we gained some; but on balance, I think you're right, we've come a mighty long way in a relatively short space of time. The sixties decade was one of change and ideas, they lay the ground for many of the things we take for granted now, unfortunately we are still fighting wars that can never be won. I wonder if the subsequent generations have lost some of that fire? I love the thought of all those ex-hippies working within the establishment, but the cynic in me think most have become the establishment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, my love of politics dies when he died.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      So many of us were hoping for Bobby to become President in 1968, and I think he surely would have. He was a brilliant man of great compassion.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, you make valid points. Our house has not been in order since the day we began as a country, and race relations have been one of our cancers seemingly forever. As for the Kennedy's, they had an amazing ability to inspire and yet avoid finger-pointing, but then the press was much more lenient back then than it is today.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! It is always a pleasure having you stop by.

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      John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Bill, you make an excellent point in this thorough and well written article.

      Voted up

      John

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      Alan R Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      You have to agree the 60's had a strong 'comic' element as well as all the doom merchants and flower-power punters. Bobby Kennedy, artless - and some might say witless if they hadn't seen his performance at the trials of the Maf - er, pardon me Cosa Nostra - would-be president that he was jetting off to South Africa and lecturing at the University of Cape Town about the S.A. government 'apartheid'. I think Verwoerd must have been too much of a gentleman to suggest to young Kennedy to get his own house in order, what with 'bussing' and segregated social arrangements south of the Mason-Dixon line. Somebody else got to him first, though, and turned him into another 'rights martyr'.

      (He might have been unceremoniously shown the road back if he'd come here and dished out advice on race relations).

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      James, thank you for a wonderful comment. I was a teacher spanning from 1978 to 2011. Now I didn't teach all of those years, but it did give me a perspective regarding the change in students during that time. I can say without a doubt that what you described is accurate from what I have seen. Survival and the need to be "medicated" in order to deal with life. I wish I had an explanation for it and I wish I had an answer for it, but I do not.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, there is no doubt that school funding has been reduced, as has practically every social service offered. We expect more but give less as a society and certainly as a political structure.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Bill, isn't it also true regarding school decline that funding for schools was greatly reduced?

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      Charles James 4 years ago from Between New York and London

      Interesting synopsis for those of us just born during the 60's generation. For myself, at the very end of that one and the beginning of the cocaine-boogie-flared pants-Disco one. Still, since the 70's I have seen many social changes -advances and regressions. Today, the teen I talk to have just one thing on the brain: Survival. I have heard, on more than a dozen occasions, that very word come out of their mouths: survival. Not iPad or Revolution! As the Age of Aquarius closes and Generation Y heads for the suburbs.

      Granted, social changes are speeding forward at a rate faster than an internet connection. But it makes me wonder at what point it will slow down and truly settle in. If it sets in at all. Socially, it seems to be a trend or popular thing to have a social cause -like same-sex marriages, surrogate pay-checks, etc. to become an overnight sensation and nothing more. Shoot up a school, and become famous. The youth seem disinterested to a strange numbing point. The Wall Effect of comfortably numb, perhaps? Truly, they are exceedingly medicated, unnecessarily and have just so much sh!the to deal with. Back in the day it was cool to smoke a doobie. Today, it is mandatory to take anti-depressants, even if they're not depressed. Survival is their mantra. The question that comes to mind not why they feel a need to just survive but if the actions of the last three generations have paved a way to exactly this type of social apex. A society stoned on information, animation, GLYX-13 as well as personal, sexual, social and cultural identification and just hoping they survive until the 2060's.

      James.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marcy, those of us who were teens at that time have very similar experiences. As for still needing it...most definitely.

      Thank you my friend. It is always nice having you stop by.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Did we know the same people and read the same things & watch the same news & TV shows? Sure sounds like my teen years. I have often thought that sense of challenge we saw in the 60s is an important turning point in our history - and we still need it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marquis, again thank you for your observations. There is no doubt that the education system has declines. I taught school from 1978 to 2011, and I have seen an incredible decline over that period.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, thank you and yes, there are many issues that still need to be addressed. I believe in the spirit of the 60's and as long as you and I and others believe then change is possible.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      KT, I love your opinion and I agree completely. The whiners of this world contribute nothing to the solutions that we need so badly. As long as the spirit of the 60's is alive then I will believe change is possible.

      Thank you KT. I'm sorry you missed that decade but it sounds to me like you are living it now. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, that comment had me laughing. Damn turncoats! LOL I have faith in us as a society. I think there are enough of us flower children to at least balance out the turncoats.

      I'm glad you enjoyed this and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, I look around and I can't believe the changes we have seen. Like you, ten years ago I would have said "no way" that a black man could be elected. Who knows what is around the corner waiting for us as a society.

      Thank you my friend. I hope you are having a great day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, I'll keep the panic down to a manageable level until I get the word from you of the move. In the meantime, take care of Suzie and tell her hello for me. Southern Italy is sounding pretty damn good to me today.

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      Marquis 4 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

      I also forgot to add how public education declined during the 1960s. After the death of prayer in public schools, many things became decadent.

      America had one of the best public education systems in the world during prayer. After it, American public education declined.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Bill, I've witnessed so many positive social changes in this country since the '60s, yet there are still many issues today that need action and activists working to change the status quo.

      I love your line: "Never underestimate the power of a small group of determined people."

      I hope to be one of those determined people and make my voice heard (like yours) to drive change.

      Voted Up++++ and shared for a better world

      Jaye

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      KT Banks 4 years ago from Texas

      Dang. I had some wonderful things to say to you as I finished reading this hub, but then I read all the comments and got distracted, lol.

      I think I would have loved being an adult in the 60's, but I was really too little to remember much of it. However, I do seem to have that attitude. And I didn't need to listen to the video with Lennon's song. That has always been my favorite song. I loved the whole feel of this hub, and like the others above, I look forward to reading more. It's really refreshing, especially compared to so many that only write about how horrible things are under this current administration. I think they need to spend more time trying to do something about it, and less time whining, but that's just my opinion.

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      Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      I was waiting for this one with bated breath and you came through for us flower children Bill - yes indeedy you did! I enjoyed reading this very much and when I read, once again, the words of John Lennon the chills still crawled over my arms and down my back. Those are the words I stand for - still.

      I know we're out there. I just have to balance knowledge and hope with the turncoat bankers and polititians who defected.

      Peace Man,

      Carol

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marquis, I wrote about the topics you mention. Urban areas did decline rapidly. Family values faltered, crime increased, all true my friend. Thank you for the follow up.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Bill, this is a great follow up piece and one that does inspire hope for more incremental change. Even ten years ago, I would not have guessed that an African-American man could be elected President, and the same sex marriage wave is rising faster than any of us could imagaine.

      It will be interesting to see if any (more) blowback from denyers of progress roll down the page.

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      You're welcome in Kilkenny anytime with or without earnings but with the love of your life of course.

      Being me and being Ireland there is of course a catch. There is a time limit, oh yes.

      You have until I finish the house and sell the house. Finish the cars and bikes and sell most of them. Gotta keep one or two to be true to my trade.

      At this point whatever is left is being shipped to Southern Italy where you and the love of your life will also be most welcome.

      As there is no money for materials or parts at this time, the shelf life of the time limit may be very long.

      So no need to panic just yet.

      BTW Love the don't ask, don't tell policy.

      MJ.

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      Marquis 4 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

      I also noted the decline of Midwestern and Eastern U.S. urban areas during the 1960s thanks to the suburbs and race relations. In addition to that, crime was increasing inside the inner cities. This also contributed to the population declines.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alex, it was a great time. I remember the feeling of electricity in the air and the belief that we really could change the system. I'm not sure I believe the political system can be changed today, but I still believe a group of determined people can make things happen.

      Thank you for your recollections. Love it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Right on Lizzy! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marquis, thanks for your opinion. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, your observation is right on....we need perspective and oftentimes we don't get it until time has passed. Thank you as always!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, it is part two but I just forget to put that in the title. :) I'm getting old you know.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, I topped out at 5.2 billion yesterday. I'm thinking of taking my earnings and visiting you in Kilkenny. What say you?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, I left off the Part Two designation to see if I could confuse my readers, and obviously I can. Success at last!

      As for the underwear thingie, in the U.S. we have this policy called "Don't Ask Don't Tell," It's our way of avoidance and it has worked wonderfully for us for centuries. LOL

      I'll kee you updated on the Sixties from time to time, but let me say I would have proudly marched into protest with you. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Sheri! It was fun writing it.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Right on, brother.

      How's that for succinct? :D

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      Marquis 4 years ago from Ann Arbor, MI

      The high out of wedlock rates and poor morale is what we got from the 1960s.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      It is great to reflect on what was accomplished in the 60's, and what got certain things rolling. I hope that this decade shows a lot of improvement. Soetimes you don't see how many changes have taken place until an era is over.

      Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      SilverGenes 4 years ago

      Oh, Bill. Those were such important times and we felt as if what we did really mattered. In the end, it did. The energy was high, the passion was high, and we BELIEVED. There was a purpose, a higher calling, that drove us to make changes and we had a lot of fun along the way. I'd trade my computer in tomorrow to return to those days for so many reasons. Seriously, where else can you have over 500,000 people living peacefully in mud for three days? We were indeed living in the garden. Winter came with the 80s but it looks like spring may be arriving again :)

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Is this part 2 or is it an extra cool observation of how we have all evolved. Whichever it is it's another wonderful insight into how we are today. I hope we are not to complacent though, there may be a battle ahead.

      Graham.

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Bill

      Forgot to mention that your video says "the video player is too small". I had to go to U-Tube to listen. Probably a glitch with HP as there seems to have been several.

      I've had 4.2 Billion visits this last 30 days. Lucky me, eh.

      MJ.

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Sir Bill

      Ok first things first. Why does it not say "Part-2" in the title. I'm not good at guessing and as I've been confused all my life, this doesn't help.

      Is this a secret SEO tactic and if so share.

      Having been a "rabble raiser" of sorts isn't it funny that some of us take way too long to realize that you can, fight the system, wrestle with the system, attempt to break the system but at the end of the day the Sensible People already know that 'The System will always win".

      Now followed your instructions and ran into the bedroom, grabbed all me bra's, ran outside and burnt them. Came back in to read instruction 2 and "lo and behold" it ain't there. Are you keeping this for Part-3.

      It's like those TV shows I hate where they end on a cliff hanger just to get you to come back.

      Don't fret Sir Bill as you redeemed yourself by including my all time favorite song which I've always called "Dreamer" so it's good to know its real title and I thoroughly enjoyed listening.

      OK enough for now. I'll be waiting for further instructions on the underwear thingy. You can mail me privately if it's not HP friendly.

      Voted up and shared.

      MJ.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      I totally agree with this. Some very important social changes got their kick start in the sixties. Well written!