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.
What does it mean to be spiritually awake? First of all, it is a choice; I would say it is an equal choice of both your soul and your conscious decision making. Red pill or Blue pill? To wake up is a double-edged sword. Would you choose to wake up, to see reality as it is, even if it meant seeing the stark truth of life, a possible inconvenient and wholly unsettling truth, or even subject yourself to great suffering? When you wake up you let go. You let go of everything you think you were, for it is just a story, not your real identity. Dark night of the soul perhaps. You start looking at the world through spiritual eyes; you begin to feel things more deeply;
Ubermensch; the pinnacle, the ultimate human being; “Beyond-Man”, “Superman”, “Overman”. Nietzsche was the one to introduce this concept. The Ubermensch is the one who is strong enough to master the whole spectrum of human potential. It is a full human being. It is the goal of humanity; it is what we are working toward. Self-mastery is eternal; it applied then, in the whole of the past, and it applies now. The ability of man to “go beyond”, is a hidden power. We have evolved from animal to man, and now to beyond-human. Look at art, and see that we have always had the ability to go beyond. We are “grasping” (often collectively) that which cannot really be grasped. Although we cannot speak of the truth or convey it, as it is beyond reason,
Let go of control. Control is an illusion. Completely give it up. Things will happen to you in this life, loved ones may die, you may fall on hard times, all things that you cannot control. Letting go is an art form, it is the way of the Buddha. Letting things carry themselves out in their own time and place is key. You must master the art of letting go. Change what you can, and let go of everything else. Your power comes not from controlling, but from letting go. Being a “control freak” is a pathological disorder. Yes, you are the master of your own life, but in order to truly master it, you must let the chips fall where they may. Thinking that you can serve outcomes to your own needs is an illusion.
What is the nature of the incarnation? Let’s investigate following the concept of duality of the opposites, and paradox. The incarnation is most likely a god-child; a couple examples being Horus and Krishna. He would have equally male and female characteristics. All-knowing, yet a naive child. Blissfully unaware, yet knowing all things; very child-like. He would have no preferences. He would not be homosexual but He would see the beauty in both male and female persons; and of course the divine nature in all beings. His incarnation would be a “coming out to play”, and the universe itself would be His playing also; divine play, divine sport, gods at play. Naive, yet infinite wisdom. He would have no beliefs, as all enlightened persons have absolutely none. “The child”, Nietzsche says,
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;
What is boredom exactly? Are we so over-stimulated that regular activities just don’t give us sufficient stimulation anymore? Those with depression often deal with boredom but boredom is not merely being depressed; many individuals experience this phenomena despite living regular happy lives. Is boredom a side-effect of this instant-gratification culture? Is it a symptom of the culture? More and more people are experiencing boredom everyday. Direct contact with the boring, the mundane, the inescapable. Direct confrontation with the droning and monotonous; an aspect of life that many of us know all too well. Sitting in your car at a long red light, on your boring drive home from work; sitting in bed on your computer while it’s raining, with nothing to do. I am in a state of boredom while I write this post, but I am forcing myself to complete it.