8/30/13

Don't You Want to be a Hippie Too?

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Not if I have to dress like one.  I will never understand the attraction to tie dye. Too over stimulating for me. I have said before that I prefer to be called a creationist. But the underlying tenants are no so far removed from the hippie movement.  I don't do drugs or believe in free love and am not a vegetarian! But until 2 years ago, I slept in a water bed. We also have a lava lamp! So that is close right?

According to some, if you question modern sick care or debate the merits of immunization, or milk your own goat, you are labeled with that word!  I read a lot of articles on alternate ways of thinking. You know, homeschooling, old fashioned living, homeopathy, and the like. If you read the comments, there is always an irritated, lofty, "normal" person who yells,

"What a bunch of Prius driving Hippies!"
As if anyone who questions the way things have been done for decades is just that. The "non-hippie" tends to think that just because something has been done for their whole lifetime makes it right. But let's reach back to our great grand parent's lifetime.  I just keep thinking maybe it was they who had it right...mostly.


The hippie culture from the 60s and 70s fascinates me. Good music came out of that. But so did a stigma that anyone who thinks outside the box is a lunatic. 


That stigma has not changed today.

(Borrowed from Facebook)

I have friend who, trying to help, tried to apply melaleuca oil to her Nephew's hurt finger. When grandma saw what horrible thing was about to happen, she forbid it! That is not what the doctor ordered, so therefore must be evil. Oh please! This is 2013, are we still so closed minded that we can't see the benefits of a new point of view?

I have another, more mature friend who came by for a visit. I showed her my box of essential oils and she started telling me what she would use each one for and which reflex points to apply them to. I was shocked! How on earth did she know this stuff? Former Hippie, that's how. She learned all about it when she was a young mom like me, but back then, if you told anyone about it, they would think you crazy. Looks like perhaps we have not really come that far in anti-melaluca Grandma's eyes.

I guess my rant today is to question. Ask questions, do research, and pray if you like to discover what is best for you. It may be just what the doctor ordered. It may be the complete opposite. This country needs more people who think for themselves and dare to question conventional wisdom which is usually no more than conventional tradition. Let's all get our hippie on.

No,  I may not be into psychedelic colors, I am sure as heck not a proponent in free love, and drugs are horrible destructive monsters. But if being a hippie means I question conventional wisdom, distrust the powers that be when it comes to food and education, and drink from a glass water bottle, then Hippie I will be. Oh, and a conservative too.. is that possible?

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22 comments:

  1. love this post! I'm not a psychedelic, tye-dyed hippie either, and your last paragraph described me exactly. So glad to know there is someone else out there who kinda things like me :)

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    1. Thanks Linda, I am finding that there are lots of us out there. Glad you stopped by.

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  2. You are invited to share this with Show Your Stuff:

    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2013/08/show-your-stuff-91.html

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  3. Ok...I have to admit I was born in 1960....sooooo I am a Flower Child not a Hippie. No New Age Religion as they call it now. Absolutley no drugs, I am allergic to Hemp/marajuana yes terribly allergic causes all kinds of respitory reaction. Really makes me worried with legalizing it....no Free Love/alternative lifestyle, they call it now...hated tye dye....Do have the lava lamp, bellbottom/yea the came back, mood ring. Alternative medacines a good thing...aloe, oil of oregano, lavender, and hundreds of medicinal herbs and the like..hehehe We are in a really Groovey group

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    1. I am feeling groovy just reading your comment Melody! Sounds like we can all learn a lot from the flower child! I forgot that term. It was just a bit before my time! Where can I get a mood ring?

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  4. Yep, Flower Child...that's me. And I LOVE the tie dyes - wear them all the time, just got a new one for the Happy Together Tour- which was awesome! But I'm definitely not in favor of free love, any kind of illegal or illegally obtained drugs, or such as that! Was born in '55, so maybe I'm a Flower Senior??
    PS. Loved the love beads back in the day, but no longer wear them...lol.

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    1. I hope you have pictures Deb! Some things are just best left in the past!

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    2. I did get a few pics at Happy Together concert. It was so much fun - all of us old toots singing and dancing. Lol!
      And even though I stay current on the Top 40 tunes, that 60s and 70s music will never die!

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  5. I have learned to question everything and I have found lots of eye opening things! Sadly conventional medicine leaves me feeling worse and no one believes me, no one is willing to figure out why their medications make me feel worse. Instead I am treated with contempt and that I am looking for attention. I am turning a new page and looking at new ways, new paths and new people who are willing to listen and amazingly I feel so much better! Yep label me a hippie if you want( I was born in 1972) I will gladly take that label instead of the one that conventional medicine has labeled me-- a problem. :-)

    Thanks for sharing on A Humble Bumble's Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop. I hope you will join us again next week!
    Kerry from Country living On A Hill

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    1. Thanks for sharing Kerry. I have found that there is an answer for everything. And it is not always the same for every person. Good luck to you in your journey. Sometimes you find answers in the most unexpected places! Maybe essential oils could be of some help, for sure a real food diet. But then, that is my answer for everything!!

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  6. I'm so glad I stopped by from Fellowship Friday! I really needed to hear this today. Just yesterday my husband and I were discussing a few "unconventional" ways of thinking. It is interesting how someone is labelled "hippie" when they question. However, if thats what it takes, then go ahead and call me a hippie! After all, I was born in '70. Thanks for your post!

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    1. Sometimes it is hard when the world around you looks at you like you are crazy. But I learned long ago not to take too much stock in what others think of me. Thanks for your comment.

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  7. I love your post! Not sure where I fit in it all but when I was in college I hung those hippe throws on my ceiling...the ones you can still get in "head" shops....see, I know what that is too! Visiting from TGIF Link Party!

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    1. Head shops is a new one for me. Will have to google it!

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  8. Great perspective! There's so much out there waiting to be discovered or learned. We grow when we get outside our boxes.

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  9. I found this post on Thank Your Body Thursday. I was born in 1968. I didn't realize I was a hippie until about 7 years ago when my sister in law started to call my daughter, who was 7 at that time, "Dharma". I didn't get it and my Mother in law told me that she was referring to how myto daughter acted like the character on the TV show "Dharma and Greg". She said, "You know, the girl was homeschooled and her parents are these hippie freaks..." Oh ouch, I felt that. I said, "I don't really know what you're talking about, we don't watch TV." Oh She said "That's what we mean, you just aren't normal". Sigh. Oh well. I guess we are far from normal. I breastfeed my daughter until she was 3, she has no allergies and has never been on an antibiotic. She has never had a cavity in her teeth and did not need orthodontics. I homeschool my children. We use herbal medicine and essential oils on a regular basis. I guess if society wants to label us hippies than I embrace it.

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    1. Wow Angela, heatlthy kid! I guess we are not normal either. We do not hang out at the soccer field all day on Sat. Instead, we take care of animals and dig in the dirt!

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  10. Your post made me laugh out loud! I love it and plan to feature it tomorrow at Tuesdays with a Twist! BTW.. I'm with you on the topic of free love, but kind of like tie dye! ;-) -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  11. Well then I must be a hippy too! LOL When my son got a burn, I put potato on it!! *gasp* Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist. Looking forward to seeing what you share this week.

    Co-host
    Mindie ~ http://bornagainfarmgirl.blogspot.com/

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  12. I think everyone needs a little hippie in them! I know I do...I just finished wearing holes in the heels of my Birks! Thanks for posting to Green Living Thursdays! at Dude, Sustainable!

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  13. Pretty funny! Thanks for sharing your humor. Linda

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