After watching, reflecting, talking, debating on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her speech on “The danger of a single story”, Catu Grosso did some research on “hippies”
There are always two sides of one story but to know both of them is necessary to open your mind and put aside your prejudices. There is not a wrong side, both of them are different. When talking about how dirty, smelly, crazy hippies are we should be open to the possibility that they are not, they are something else, much deeper and stronger.
The word Hippie comes from hipster,the dictionary definition is a group of people that join together to use drugs such as marijuana, LSD, mushrooms to explore altered states of consciousness. We can say this is an act of total discrimination and not taking into consideration so much deeper and important things. Why would a international dictionary define them as only that… they are a group of people that share ideas not drugs. In the following essay I will explore the two sides of the hippies, the others people perspective and their own.
Most people who criticize and discriminate hippies are conservative families which have strict rules and have to follow a moral structure. For them hippies were disrespectful , they were unemployed, lazy, good for nothing and homeless. They had no future and were just there to disturb and make their county seem as a total failure.
Conservative women were against this movement because girls of around 20 were liberated and did not follow any rules, they weren’t repressed by the social gaze, they were free to use and do whatever they wanted. They did not had to wait until marriage to have sexual relations because they believed in pleasure and a natural one, why would they had to repress they feeling, they saw having sexual relations as a liberation. They are badly seen because they are not respecting the old values but in time of modernization narrowed minds can’t go with the movement and they stay stagnant.
They are also criticized because of being dirty and smelly, having long hairs and old clothes. One side opinion could be they are poor, they don’t respect the others , they just think of themselves meaning they don’t care if it’s not okay for the other people who are part of the community. But there is another view to this, they are against wasting energy and destroying nature. They prefer wearing dirty cloth and washing themselves once a week or less but not because they want to call the attention or disturb the other citizens they really believe they are making a change and by doing this feel they are part of a community who takes into consideration the damage people are doing to nature. Women are also criticized because of not shaving and not using bodice but that is a personal decision and no one has the right to discuss it. They had simple lives and were against materialism, they did not want to depend on man made things.
Hippies were part of big movements to stop war, asking for demilitarization, making peaceful interventions, trying to stop killings and casualties. They were an enormous group of people defending the rights of others. They wanted free love, supported homosexuality this was badly seen and people talk about them as they were sick or having mental disorders, they strongly believed the solution for everything was love. They were against nuclear weapons.
“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” this phrase is from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who has been in touch with this topic of only seeing one side of the story. The story of the hippies is just like this, if you want to judge and live under ignorance you can do it and still think hippies are like that just to call the attention and do drugs but if you really want to know why there is so much people that believe in their ideas and follow them, well you can do it too and it will be a great learning.
Thanks Catu for this great writing!!