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History of the hippie movement

The hippie is a subdivision of a movement, which was organized by the youths in the United States in the early 1960s. The hippie subculture was created when the Bohemian social movements were widespread in Europe, and when the Eastern religion and spirituality made outstanding influence over the world. Generally, the aim of the hippie organization is to nurture the culture of peace through music.

The subculture, therefore, spreads worldwide. Obviously, this group is another advocate of global harmony, even though it uses unique means to establish peace in the society, including recreational drugs. Definitely, peace is possible, and peace is in each individual, as the ambassador of peace Prem Rawat said in his unique messages of peace. In this article, discover the history of the hippie movement.

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The fundamental values of the hippies

To show their quest for inner peace and global harmony, the hippie subculture values several fundamental beliefs, including the following:

  • Harmony with nature and vegetarianism
  • Mutual property and communal living
  • Important role of music in life
  • Free love, which fosters lovemaking without marriage
  • Use of recreational drugs especially marijuana

The hippie movement as a classical culture

In the 1940s, the word hippie derives from Hipster or Hepcat, which was a popular African jazz group in the USA. Its members were characterized by their unique way of dressing, relaxed attitude towards life and sex, use of drugs and sarcastic language. During the 1960s, the counterculture became popular, and the hippie subculture was linked to it.

Then, from around 1967, several countries all over the world have adopted the fundamental philosophy of the hippie movement. In the same year, some interesting facts about the origin of the hippie movement came to light. According to the research conducted by some individuals, and published by the Time Magazine, the movement resulted from the influence of great spiritual leaders from different religions, combined with the exciting life experiences of popular figures at that time and other peace activists.

The hippies participated in the anti-war protests

When the Vietnam War broke out, many groups protested against the involvement of the American militants in the war. Equally, many hippie members actively took part in the Civil Rights Movement of the early 1960s. Sit-ins and marches took place in the South to protest against racial segregation. It was followed by the first draft card burnings at the University of Berkeley, California.

The perpetrators were sentenced to some years in jail with a thousand-dollar fine. Several years later, anti-war protests continued, and to show their protests, members flagged the Vietnamese flag.

The hippies returned to "the land"

At the end of the Summer of Love, a great deal of hippies left San Francisco for "the land". Many of them moved to different States, including New York, New Mexico, Tennessee, Colorado, and Northern California. They established intentional communities across the United States.

The hippie movement turned out to be the Youth International Party

Later on, another branch came out from the hippie movement, which is known as the Yippies. They first revealed themselves to the public in 1968, during the Spring Equinox Festival in New York. Meanwhile, some of the Yippies were arrested after thousands of their members took the subway station over (the Grand Central).Several protests were organized by the Yippie leaders later.

In brief, the hippies took part in several movements to find peace within. That reminds us of what the ambassador of peace Prem Rawat said in his message of peace, which says that peace starts from each one of us. Despite the arrests of the protesters, the hippies still remain faithful to their fundamental philosophies to establish their peace within.

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