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What, exactly, does the word "hippie" mean to you?

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i thought

i read somewhere years ago that the word "hippie" was originally coined to denote a "brother or sister of the Hopi Indian tribe" and then, as anna stated earlier, the press got a hold of it and made it a loaded term. I like what jerry said about this. When the tour busses were making their way into haight/ash, "people would ask where the hippies were and they would point at us". I personally feel that ANY person of any dress/hair/no hair combo whos heart and mind have been opened and awakened by the use of psychedelics is a hippie. Jerry, later in his life, drove a bmw and not a vw minibus. he lived in a pretty nice houses later on also and not a teepee but i don't know of anyone who wouldn't say he wasn't a hippie at heart. that's my two cents (that's including tax,title,license and any and all appropriate/inappropriate fees). love to all.

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Ughh, Average User?

No offense dude, but you strike me as a perfect example of the people you don't like. You have met the enemy and he is you. Or maybe you just can't write intelligible sentences. I rather think the vitamin K has scrambled your synapses worse than the acid ever did.

Anyway, if you think all hippies have long hair and eat acid and go to festies I feel sorry for you (and anybody else that thinks that way). You can find the juicy people at juicy events. They don't necessarily give visual cues.

We love you anyway -y..., Mmmmwahhhhhh!

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shock and offend

Some people who consider themselves to be hippies are cool and really do act on what they say they believe.
The vast majority thought took boomers far too many times and became so detached and wrapped up in themselves that they create a delusional world where they think they are all the things they are and do little to act on it.

Peace, Love, Equality, Acceptance?
What a fucking sham for most "hippies." They clique together at festies and shows only accepting those like them and circle jerk about how they want to change the world whilst tripping their brain to bits in a field. Hallucinogens are not a party drug.

Go sell more grilled cheeses and say that you're not a capitalist.

I still love you, and I love you all so much that I wanted to shock and startle you all to see.

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What is a hippie

Its a way of life, of thinking, and knowing peace nd love is the answer...unconditional love
its quite simple
Just love no matter what

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That wacky "value" thing again

Here we have yet another example of why I'm not a capitalist, responsible or otherwise; multiple metrics for meaningfullness. So, of course, I cede to your kind authority on this matter, Mr. Pid; I may be a daydreaming dilletante, but at heart I'm a realist. But I do need to question your distinguishing of Gates from Jobs where sociopathy and serious control issues are concerned; I always thought that these two men were wired much the same, and it was only their style that gave them the appearance of difference.

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Ever the responsible capitalist

that I am (and I see no inherent contradiction in that although others may disagree,) I tend to define "largest" in terms of market capitalization, not current revenue. See here for Apple and here for ExxonMobil. Yep, there's that wacky "value" thing again...

I have no trouble seeing Jobs as a hippie. Not to mention Wozniak. They sure as shootin' weren't/ain't yer basic white collar Harvard MBA-type conservatives. Leastaways not like any of the ones I know.

Gates wasn't ever anything like a hippie. Just another sociopathic nerd with serious control issues lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

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Huh?

Mr Pid wrote:

I think it's worth noting that what has grown to be the largest business enterprise in the world was started and developed by a hippie who credited his success to having had the opportunity to take LSD recreationally.

My first response was that this statement, minus the word "hippie", could apply to either Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but then I checked the numbers, and it seems that ExxonMobil is presently the largest business enterprise in the world in terms of revenue, not Apple (#43) or Microsoft (#111). It is kind of fun imagining John D. Rockefeller tripping his face off, even though he died in May of 1937 and Hoffman didn't synthesize LSD until November of 1938. As for myself, I never liked the word hippie and always prefered to be called a freak, but hey, that's just me, whatever I am.

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Yeah Mr. Pid

My post was meant to be satirical. I like to believe that hippies have the view you have attributed to them but I think these forums on this site show that the last bastion of hippie-dom, the Grateful Dead fans, are really all over the place. They disagree more than they agree on almost all things.

Is a hippie somebody who has long hair?
Is a hippie somebody who has taken LSD?
Is a hippie somebody who necessarily has to like music?

I don't think you can put hippies into any of those boxes. One thing you can say about hippies -- they are always pushing their trip to the edge. You can always find a long-haired hippie freak at the end of the road -- the Central African Republic Patagonia, Timbuktu, Tibet, Innuvik -- wherever. You have to give them a lot of credit for that.

And, as you inferred, for their creativeness. I think the Rex Foundation is an excellent example of honoring good ideas and creativeness on a small scale.

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Kids

do the darndest things. Some of them jump out of windows. Some of them grow up to be mindless slaves of the Right. Some of them grow up to be mindless slaves of the Left. Altogether too many of them just grow up to be mindless in general.

Hippies have always struck me as people who grew up to be mindful. Mindful of their relationship with others. Mindful of coexisting and avoiding intentional harm to others. Mindful of the need to Question, not just Authority but Everything. Mindful of making the world a happier and safer place to be for everyone, not just those who looked, thought, spoke and acted like them. Mindful of the value added in learning to fish instead of expecting to be handed a fish, and the need to conserve and protect the stock of fish so it will remain plentiful for all.

I think it's worth noting that what has grown to be the largest business enterprise in the world was started and developed by a hippie who credited his success to having had the opportunity to take LSD recreationally.

How do you like them apples?

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None of which has anything to do

with what is a hippy.

My definition? One who is hip. Or tuned in to the current trend. Which was true 45 years ago. Then it became a loaded term to denote "long-hairs" who were "high on drugs" and "listened to acid rock".

Everybody knows acid rock would melt your brains if you actually listened to it. You just had to look at what happened to Art Linkletter's daughter to know that.

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