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Flower power movement

Flower power movement

For peace in the world and to make Prem Rawat's famous slogan "Peace is possible" come true, several movements have been created over time. Self-help and voluntary movements are today very famous through NGOs and international associations like the Prem Rawat Foundation. Previously, Flower power type movements were the best-known practice.

A non-violent hippie movement based on respect and a return to basics

In general, hippies challenged the materialism and consumerism of industrial societies and everything related to it. They rejected in particular the values associated with work, professional success and the primacy of technological goods to the detriment of natural goods.

They aspired to a kind of universal brotherhood for which they hoped to find ideas and techniques in traditional societies. Hippies were therefore not politicians or even community leaders, they were all equal and spoke for the same purpose, without the need to have a representative or any figure to follow.

The power of the flowers

It started in the early 1960s in the United States. The hippie movement is characterized by its rejection of consumerism, its rejection of traditionalist values and its fight against the Vietnam War. The hippies advocate a new art of living, among others based on oriental philosophies and freedom in all its forms: long hair, Indian clothes, nakedness of bodies, freedom of love, massive use of cannabis and hallucinogens and above all refusal of any form of alienation from the codes of well-meaning American society.

"Flower Power" was a slogan used by hippies in the late 60s. The flower was then the symbol of their non-violent ideology. This expression was born from the Summer of Love of 1967, a rally in San Francisco during which the hippies were instructed to wear flowers in their hair and distribute them around them. They then became the "Flower Child" for the media.

The power of the flower was manifested, for example, in actions like offering a flower to a police officer during a demonstration or slipping a flower into the barrel of a gun. A famous photo of journalist Bernie Boston taken on October 21, 1967, during a "march to the Pentagon" shows a young woman approaching a flower from military cannons. There is also the photo of Jan Rose Kasmir by Marc Riboud taken during this same event.

A "counter-culture"

Indeed, although it has not radically changed society, the hippie counter-culture has nonetheless left indelible marks in history through the liberation of mores in particular, the equality of relationships between men and women, and minority discrimination. On a cultural level, the hippies have left a fundamental legacy in art, via "Pop Art" for example, the "Living Theater" but especially in music.

From the hippie movement is born a new pop / rock musical current which is freed from the codes of the time (committed texts, first saturated electric guitars, legendary instrument solos, exaggeratedly long songs, etc.) and carries loud and clear the values of this protest generation.

Not everyone may have appreciated the hippies, however, they have brought about an important message for peace, through the way they lived.

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