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Holy Hippie

Updated on July 21, 2014

"Kerouac opened a million coffee bars and sold a million pairs of Levis to both sexes. Woodstock rises from his pages. "
William S. Burroughs

Born just pass the Beat-nik era ....

The hippie, like the Indian, was never wrong, you were just told they were ....and believed it. Now look at us!

And I can only thank the establishment and the, as John Lennon put it; "short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dickies" to thank for their condemning of the Hippie; that kindled my affection for them. It made wanting to be a Hippie so much more appealing. I wanted to be part of the smiling crowd instead of the (shaking) frowning ones, even if the 'frowns' had the firepower, and the money, and the Oval Office.

But I was also unprivileged, in a seance, by my birth. I was too young to join them when things got rollin for the Hippie movement in the sixties. I was only a measly 2yrs on September 9, 1956 when Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, 10yrs when The Beatles were first on the show, 15yrs in August of 1969 when Woodstock shook the world. And I was only 12 when Timothy Leary let, "Tune in, turn on, and drop out." fall off his tongue, so 'trippingly,' in a speech delivered at the opening of a press conference on September 19, 1966.

Yes, too young to join in, but I was not too young to rock and roll. And I was certainly the 'right on' age to be impressionable enough to follow the hippie movement, from not too afar.

Though, I am thankful for the timing of my birth. If I would have been born several years ahead of myself I'd be, no doubt, too fully immersed in the whole 'Hippieness' and unconscious of any objectivity. And most certainly most unconscious of any philosophy, spiritualism or one iota of any such religion stemming from all, or any, of the flower frolicking fun.

"The attitude is we live and let live. This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather short time and it's an example of freedom from religion. "
Tom Wolfe


At the exact time Lennon, mistake or not, started the most infamous and disruptive moment in the Beatles history: the magazine interview where he predicting Christianity's decline, declared the band to be "more popular than Jesus now." The ensuing outrage helped kick the band offstage for good, but it also jump-started the youth counterculture of the '60s in America.

That was the time I thought about any collation with the Hippie movement and religion. Not about whether Lennon was right or not, just that how powerful his words had become. People, his once fans, getting bent out of shape, so un-cool, and burning bonfires of Beatles o'bealia, at the drop of the love beads. Then 'religion' popped into my head, with all it's verbs and variables. Lennon, the poet, put it in my head to think on. To ponder and chew on. To smoke on, not unlike their songs, that will haunt me and give me faith forever.

There are many songs, or psalms, from that glorious time and from this glorious time, that give me pause in a spiritual reflection. Many are not Beatles songs, but one that is, and I still listen to it for sustenance, is one by George Harrison:

'Within You Without You.'

We were talking-about the space between us all
And the people-who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth-then it's far too late-when they pass away.

We were talking-about the love we all could share-when we find it
To try our best to hold it there-with our love
With our love-we could save the world-if they only knew.

Try to realize it's all within yourself
No-one else can make you change
And to see you're really only very small,
And life flows ON within you and without you.

We were talking-about the love that's gone so cold and the people,
Who gain the world and lose their soul-
They don't know-they can't see-are you one of them?
When you've seen beyond yourself-then you may find, peace of mind,
Is waiting there-

And the time will come when you see
we're all one, and life flows on within you and without you.

Hippie Psalms and Witicisms

"Go with the flow! "
Ancient Hippy Saying

"Say it like it is" Another one

"Far Out" And another

"Feelin' groovy "
Simon and Garfunkel

"Be Here Now! "
Ram Dass

"Right On"

"Do your own thing. "

"Black is beautiful "

"Keep the Faith! "

"Live and let live."

"You create your own reality. "

"Let's live for today! "
The Grass Roots

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." -Ghandi

"If you smile at me I will understand because that is something everyone, everywhere does in the same language."
Jefferson Airplane

"Life actors never rehearse and need no script. A life actor uses only what is available, nothing more, nothing less."
Abbie Hoffman

"Become an internationalist and learn to respect all life. Make war on machines, and in particular the sterile machines of corporate death and the robots that guard them."
Abbie Hoffman

"Time to live, time to lie, time to laugh, and time to die. Take it easy baby. Take it as it comes."
Jim Morrison

"It's a fool who plays it cool by making this world a little colder. "
The Beatles

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. "
Bob Dylan

"The battle outside ragin' will soon shake your windows and rattle your walls."
Bob Dylan

"Get up, stand up! Stand up for your right! Don't give up the fight!"
Bob Marley

"This is a very unforgiving country when you show this country its warts, when you hold the mirror up. If you happen not to share their beliefs, they'll kill you."
H. Rap Brown

"If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years. "
Bertrand Russell

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead

"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."
The Who

"This country needs in great numbers to become voluntary peasants. Being enlightened is alot like being a grown-up and taking responsibility. Telepathy is evidence that we are all connected. We can send energy to people who need energy by thinking loving thoughts about them. By now, everyone knows how to get high, but if you want to stay high you need moral structure. Government does not have the right to dictate levels of consciousness. StephenGaskin

If we converted all the energy on the planet now going into "killingry" and put that energy instead into "livingry," there would be more than enough to go around. In other words, beat our swords into plowshears. R. Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller

"To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries."
Aldous Huxley

"Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction."
Bertrand Russell

"The Future is no place to place your better days. "
Dave Matthews Band

"You're going to have to change the priorities of your life, if you love this planet. "
Dr. Helen Caldicott

"When you've seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there. "
George Harrison

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've always imagined. "
Henry David Thoreau

"I'm the one who's gonna die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want."
Jimi Hendrix

"We are stardust, we are golden, and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden. "
Joni Mitchell

"Old hippies don't die, they just lie low until the laughter stops and their time comes round again. "
Joseph Gallivan

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect."
Mark Twain

"You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you'll get what you need."
The Rolling Stones

"The attitude is we live and let live. This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather short time and it's an example of freedom from religion. "
Tom Wolfe

"Kerouac opened a million coffee bars and sold a million pairs of Levis to both sexes. Woodstock rises from his pages. "
William S. Burroughs


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      Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

      No problem. I'm a hippie at heart, and my son in his early 20's loves all the classic rock, so since he plays guitar I still get to hear it. This is a good hub, you put alot of work into those quotes. I notice it took long for some of mine to get noticed too. Take care.

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      johnwindbell 5 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Yes, George seemed to be the most spiritual, 'Within You Without You, and his son seems to be like that as well.

      Thank you Jean for the longest comment I've ever received here on HP!

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      Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Hi, interesting hub. I was 8 when the Beatles were on Ed Sullivan, and only 14, so too young to go to Woodstock. All generations think they are invincible, but it was a special time, you could just feel it in the air. I'm afraid people will only remember that time of so much freedom and social change as just a bunch of drugged up hippies in the mud at Woodstock. It was so much more than anyone can understand, you had to be there. Or what's the other saying, "If you can remember it, you weren't there?" So much great music came out of that period. I loved John Lennon. People forget how young they were, and I don't think he meant to say he was upstaging Jesus, he was blunt and just blurted out whatever was on his mind. Who writes lyrics like, "There are places I remember, All my life, though some have changed. Not for better, but forever." People don't think like that in their early 20's. And George wrote such beautiful words, I think he was the most talented. I always say, Take Care, instead of goodbye, and did it for years, never realizing until a few months ago it came from All Things Must Pass. And I love anything by Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, the Doors or the Who. Oh, and Alan Watts. I recently "rediscoverd" him. What a trip!