• I know hippies typically have a bad rep and no one really likes them (at least based on what I’ve seen, hippies are nothing more than a meme). However, I got to thinking last night, as I always do, and hippies represent peace, love, and life with no war. So... if everyone were a hippie, they would all support the same values. All people would want peace and love and actively bring that about.
    Not saying that everyone can be conformed into hippies... but hypothetically, if we were all hippies, would world peace finally exist?

  • @TheGoldenMole
    Pretty much. They usually take psychedlics regularly, making them more suited to share those values. The only problem is that nobody would get shit done and would be high all the time

  • @brainkaranja but there are some brilliant people that use and have used drugs and were able to invent things and manage companies

  • @TheGoldenMole
    Those things won't matter if everybody becomes hippies.
    Society would become intensely minimalistic

  • @TheGoldenMole

  • @Wolfie_11 You’re a hippie?

  • @brainkaranja what I’m trying to say is drugs aren’t a direct correlation to laziness. I think the stereotypes we have about hippies are just that... stereotypes. I think if we followed hippies in values and not just constant use of drugs then this whole world would potentially be a better place. Too bad it will probably never happen anyway :shrug:

  • @TheGoldenMole
    I am an occasional hippie. Yes.

  • @Wolfie_11 what is an occasional hippie?😂

  • @TheGoldenMole
    6 hours of hippiness out of 24 counts as an occasional hippie, right?

  • @TheGoldenMole
    Once you give a population a mind altering substance (or various) you start seeing the development of new groups. (Hippies junkies and alcoholics). It affects an individual to an extensive degree - enough to notice a stereotype. Its invalid to simply ignore such things.

    I also never actually put drugs in negative light. Its a fact that many slack off and be demotivated when under the influence. A minimalistic lifestyle would be a product of of finding spiritual inner peace - another stereotype which is true to a certain degree.

    So yeah. ROCK ON HIPPIES

  • @Wolfie_11 yeah I guess so

  • World destruction is the only realistic path to world peace, cause people will always find a way to divide themselves squabble over pointless things

  • @Rayse At first I thought the same. Then I thought, such a desire has to be a learned trait. No one is born hating others and disliking things that are different, I think we are taught to divide ourselves. In a world full of hippies, where division doesn't exist and kids are born and raised into peace and diversity, I don't think such thing would be an issue. That is ofcourse, if things like hate and evil are a learned trait.

  • This is an excellent topic, G M. You've challenged my prejudices, and I applaud you for that. Neil from the Young Ones was very much the responsible, bedrock member of the group, wasn't he, with the cooking and cleaning ...but in real terms, can we ever disentangle the noble, pacifistic, spiritually-aware mindset of the hippies with the fact that they were, at the same time, lazy students? Have you ever seen a hippy working in industry?

    The inherent laziness of the hippie mentality can be seen in the famous 'Bed-In' of John Lennon and Yoko Ono (by the way, 3-of-3 in 'Guess the Celebrity'). I have a fairly responsible job, and if I decided to stay in bed to promote World Peace, all that would happen is that my Manager would be ...confused. He wouldn't suddenly realise that the world was a war-filled mess, he'd just be confused about why everyone who relies on me in the supply chain was tapping their feet like Sonic the Hedgehog when you put the joy-pad down. You can't weigh-in-the-balance inactivity. My job in industry is just the mass-market macrocosm of hippies keeping an allotment, so they've got no right to complain about the nuances of working for the establishment, or 'The Man'.

    Which is why, given the choice between being a hippy, or being the type of truncheon-happy, THX1138-style martial law cop who beats up hippies, I'll choose the latter every day of the week.

  • @Indrid-Cold would you answer have changed if you had a different job?

  • @TheGoldenMole I'll never have a different type of job due to being the culmination of, like, a dozen generations of bluecollaring.

    But if it's any consolation, I don't mind the long hair, or crazy clothes, or drug-taking of hippies. Is that any solace?