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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. 

 

where is wisdom?

where does it come from?

if you have to seek

you will not find

underneath it all

is Buddha Mind

the natural state

leaves no trace

nothing to attach

in the external

try to catch

a piece of the eternal

by sitting still

meditating

and waiting

until your soul shines through

until you find

the authentic you

the Buddha Mind

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: This is just a creative writing exercise,

intended to create a dark mood / feeling; the feeling of

someone trapped in isolation and depression with no way out.

If you are feeling like self-harm please talk to someone,

maybe go here or here.

 

some people cut themselves

just to feel something

to confront their pain

and face it head on

some people cut themselves

to feel alive

to know that they’re breathing

to know that they control

what happens in their life

they want to escape

they want to be present

they want to exist

but they might rather die

they want to scream out loud

nobody listening

they’re tired of people

with all of their lies

they want to be cared for

they want to be loved

but they’d much rather be

up above

at least someone cares up there

nobody gets them

no one is there

existence is pain

so why not confront it

hiding your pain

and creating your own

want to be heard

nothing to say

scars on their arms

speak for themselves

the only way

they want someone to say

“yeah,

 

 

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;

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