The 60s

Hippie VW 2

The 60s. Young people trying to tell their elders that the culture of consumerism and constant consumption wasn’t such a good thing. Of course, they were trying to say a lot of other things, too. But maybe we should have listened to the part about always needing more of everything or the newest version of everything. Seeing an old VW bus on the street now is a shock – those babies are 50 years old and still running. There’s a lesson in there somewhere.

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3 Responses to The 60s

  1. Kay Butzin says:

    Hippies in Haight Ashbury, Woodstock, RFK and MLK assassinations, Neil Armstrong’s giant leap, Democratic convention riot in Chicago, Detroit burning: I watched it all on TV with a toddler on my lap.

  2. kaydennison says:

    It’s been said that if you remember the 60s, you weren’t really there. I was there. As a part of the post-war Baby Boom, I came of age in the mid-60s and mostly watched my fellows as they protested racism and war, experimented with drugs and sex and committed all sorts craziness designed to keep our elders shaking their heads in addition to fighting an unholy war. It was a decade of change and idealism that rocked the foundations of our country. Did we really change or learn anything? Looking at the state of things today, I would have to say ‘No!’

  3. Joe Testa says:

    The sixties, baby. They inspired me and they broke my heart. We got it right as far as government and corporate lying, cheating and stealing, we exposed prejudice and hypocrisy, we shook up the staus quo. And the status quo has come back stronger than ever. Money will always rule and the wee folk will always suffer. Selah.

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