“Art is made by the alone for the alone.” – (Luis Barragan)
“We have art so that we may not perish by the truth.” – (Friedrich Nietzsche)
What is the role of the artist in society? Is it the obligation of the artist to convey what others cannot see, the underpinnings of this reality that are not readily apparent; the things you feel and experience that you cannot put into words; the direct confrontation with the unknown and the mystery? The artist is on a path much alike to the spiritual path, and their art may even be their burden. The nature of producing great art often involves a great inner struggle, creation and destruction of all things in their head,
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.
Since the beginning of our lives we have been conditioned to accept this reality in a certain way, as to always listen to authority, and subject ourselves to systems of control. Conspiracy theories aside, we have entered, through conditioning, contractual agreements between those in power, authority, those who run things, and microscopic us. We do not often recognize our own power because it has been stripped from us in every way possible.
There are too many of them! – Think about kindergarten and first grade, going from a limitless child, a naturally creative one, infinite potential, into one that learns to sit down and shut up at the right time. Most of our creative power has been pulled from underneath us at this young age. Yes, there is a time for drawing and other creative activities but think of this: what if there was an hour-long session,