What happened to all those radical, long-haired Hippies from the sixties?
The young women and men who were so extreme that they rejected the lifestyle, the establishment, the wealth, the status, the conventions and formed their own liberal rules; who brought colour and flair, do-it-yourself philosophy; who sought meaning and integrity where there was superficiality and hypocrisy?
Where are those bold young people who saw the establishment as corrupt and obsessed with appearance?
Where are the ones who were determined to find a more honest way of living; who saw models for harmonious living among the simpler cultures of the North American Indians and South American Indians?
Where are the people who wanted peace, harmony and environmental integrity?
Was it all a fashion statement? An empty promise? A strategy to get laid?
Were they all weekend Hippies out for fun?
What happened to the Underground with its promise of real spirituality?
Did they get married?
Give up their ideals?
Are they now wearing suits? Running firms? Living in luxury? Buying yachts and penthouse suites?
Was it all worthless froth?
Or do they still write poems, sing songs, subvert from within, live true to their philosophy and fight for that better vision?
Where are the Beats, Hippies and Punks? Are they dead inside?
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