So, first of all, what is a hippy? Most people have a shallow understanding of the hippie. All can agree that they are certainly a strange creature; an oddity perhaps. I will be focusing on their philosophy and values, as I believe this is most important aspect of them; it is the root of their identities. The hippy “is a member of the counterculture of the 1960s, originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread to other countries around the world.” (“Hippy,” n.d.)
Counterculture is wholly anti-establishment. There was a strong rejection of society, cultural norms, organized religion, and middle-class values. The hippies sought to create their own culture in droves; it was nothing short of a cultural revolution.
Why are we so exhausted? Physical and mental exhaustion, overpowering your being. Americans are always running around, always working. Stress and anxiety-inducing tasks. Wearing yourself out comes all too easily. Many people do burn-outs with their cars for fun, many more do burn-outs with their jobs, for anti-fun. 9-5 is a way of life. Let’s face it, work takes up the majority of your time. Those long moments between doing what you actually want to do. We are all running around, but are we actually going anywhere? What are we really accomplishing when most of our days are spent devoting our time and effort towards the goals of a company? Sadly, the structure and nature of this capitalist society cannot be changed, so we must face it head on;