The Relationship: A brief history of the culture revolution, free love and what that means for us today
In the 1960s, hippies became defined by their belief in free love. They applied a new value system to the world and focused on individualism and discovering who they were as a person. This attitude of free love has carried into the present, influencing people to find their own meaning in relationships, without being shackled by society norms.
Today, this new way of thinking about relationships can be seen through all different types of media. Websites like OkCupid and Tinder promote the idea that sex shouldn’t be relegated to traditional monogamous relationships but instead should be enjoyed in whatever form the individual chooses. TV shows like Sex and the City and Orange is the New Black are examples of how women are now more than just wives and mothers, but can enjoy sex on their own terms.
The Basics: The pros and cons of being with a hippie
In the 1960s I was young, impressionable and involved in what seemed like a promising love relationship. However I came to have a better sense of right and wrong, and I realized that my association with this person was incompatible with my moral code.
Before I was separated from this person, as I look back on it today, it is foolish to think that the person would have changed. They were a person who made up their moral code according to the values of the particular era they grew up in. The “hippie” was not a bad guy, but they simply did not realize that they had adopted values that were incompatible with my own.
I tried to explain this to them, and also tried to explain why a relationship with them was difficult for me. They had a bad habit of wanting to be right. They were frequently moody, and would often rant about their ideals. They would have preferred that I agreed with them, but if I did not they became sullen and withdrawn.
My Experience With Hippies: My first date with a hippie girl
I was around 14 when I met my first hippie girl. We had a great time on our bike ride and it was amusing to see how she would throw off her jacket, only to reveal a skinny torso under a shapeless lab coat. There was a lot of irony in that.
Then she invited me to her rehearsal of a play she was in. I had no idea what to expect, but then it turned out they were practicing Shakespeare. She was the director and lead actress in her play, so I decided to stick around even though I didn’t always understand what they were talking about (and they were talking a lot). It was all very interesting. They were always smoking pot and giggling behind my back, but that didn’t surprise me; I just went along with it as if nothing was wrong.