July 20

DisruptAging Revenge of the Hippies

first_imgby, Dr. Bill ThomasTweetShare14ShareEmail14 SharesHippies created the first subculture in modern history to reject the inevitability of, and the necessity of entry into, adulthood. To reach this daring conclusion they had to defuse all of the American culture’s most valued mores, roles and expectations.  They had to imagine and then choose to embrace life outside of both childhood and adulthood. They chose to explore the uncharted realms of NOT-adulthood. The Age of AquariusThe ability to see beyond what tradition, custom and culture tell you is normal, customary and expected is a remarkable gift.  The ability to see what no one else has seen and do what no one else has done is what inspired the artists who first painted the cave walls in Lascaux.  The Renaissance astronomers who first questioned the Earth-centric model of the cosmos and the amateur political philosophers who brought forth a democratic republic in North America also shared this radical commitment to free thinking. The Hippie movement’s historically unprecedented dismissal of adulthood was its most sterling achievement and its most unforgivable sin.Related PostsA Salute to the Hippies*Welcome Balloon-Juice readers! Tks to DougJ® for spreading the hippie love, you’re a real gone cat — The Ithacan Hippies created the first subculture in history to reject the inevitability of, and the necessity of entry into, adulthood. To reach this daring conclusion they had to defuse all of the…The EnthusiastsA website that bills itself as having the “biggest little list” of oxymorons on the internet offers all of the usual suspects including “enormously small,” a “genuine fake,” and “paid volunteer.” It also reveals our culture’s bias against aging. We find “active retirement,” a “young sixty” and “healthy aging” listed…How to CommentLast week a blogger, who goes by the name Doug J, created a link from his home blog Balloon Juice to our home blog Changing Aging. As a result, we experienced a fun influx of new readers and they left some pretty interesting comments. I thought that I would highlight…TweetShare14ShareEmail14 SharesTags: cult of adulthood DisruptAging Hippieslast_img read more