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From: Keith ( -99.199.139.60)
Subject: Who here is still a hippie?
Date: August 7, 2010 at 7:56 pm PST

On Friday, Wendy and I were at an event commemorating the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. About a dozen of us learned to make origami paper cranes, and made a big bowl full of them which will be sent to the mayor of Hiroshima.

It felt good to see the old peace sign again, and to hang out with some genuine hippies from the old "daze".

We also commemorated the life of Jim Bohlen, who recently passed away. Though I never met him (he moved away a couple of years before we moved here), he was one of the founders of Greenpeace, and his wife Marie was the originator of the idea of trying to blockade the Amchitka nuclear test, Greenpeace's first mission. Jim was also the founder of the local peace group that organized Friday's event.

I have recently been reading some of his books - an autobiography, "The New Pioneer's Handbook" (a back-to-the-land primer), and a book on how to build a five-sided cabin based on geodesic dome principles. The original cabin that the book was based on is just down the road from our house, and Jim's geodesic dome house is now our local Buddhist retreat centre.

As you can tell, I've recently been thinking about how much I identify with hippies. I am especially drawn to the spiritual / pacifist / ecological flavours of hippiedom. That culture profoundly shaped my values. It led me to veganism, among other things. (There, this post now is officially on topic!)

I must be an old f@rt, because I sure like to reminisce about those times. But it's not just nostalgia. What I really want is to revive those values. We need them now more than ever.

So, who here considers themselves a hippie? Do you call yourself one? Do you know any other hippies? Do you try to live by hippie values? What are those values for you? How can we spread them around?

Keith




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