The definition of a hippie from the Merriam-Webster dictionary is: “a usually young person who rejects established social customs (such as by dressing in an unusual way or living in a commune) and who opposes violence and war; especially: a young person of this kind in the 1960s and 1970s”. So, why is it that the word “hippie” sometimes carries a negative connotation? Is it so bad to stand out against the establishment? Or to want peace? If you think of the people that are referred to as “hippies” it usually has to do with a political stance, and I still don’t see what’s wrong with being a hippie.
Imagine if hippies ran the world. I think at heart, we are all hippies in our own way. I personally think the world would be a different place if hippies ran things, here is why:
Focus on Spirituality on Creativity
There is religious turmoil on almost every continent of the planet, some of which is sanctioned and sponsored by the governments of the very countries that are being torn apart. Now imagine if hippies ran the world and people focused on spirituality in general, instead of focusing on whatever specific beliefs the ruling government believed in. When have you ever heard of a hippie discriminating against anyone for anything, let alone religious differences.
Take Care of the Planet
One major aspect of what people consider to a hippie is a person who cares about the planet. Again, what is wrong with that? We only have one planet, what is the problem with wanting to protect it? There is no mystery surrounding the connection between the corporations that are the most destructive to the planet and political interests. Do you think a hippie is going to let a coal company destroy an area of land just for fossil fuels?
Not Afraid to Stand Up and Say What They Think
One thing hippies are known for is protesting. Everything about being a hippie is, in essence, a protest. If something is going on that they don’t like, they stand up, hold up a sign, and let the world know about it in an expression on non-violent activism. Politicians use deceit and power to hide corruption and nefarious activities. Hippies let you know what is going on, how they feel about it, and what needs to be done.
Take Care of People
Hippies take care of people, plain and simple. They take care of one another and treat humans as a part of a species, not an agenda. Hippies don’t care about gender, race, or creed – they just care about helping, loving, and caring for their fellow man. Imagine what hippies could do with all of the money that politicians waste if they could put it towards caring for their fellow man.
Money Doesn’t Matter
In the end, I think the major difference between a world run by hippies versus a world run by politicians would be the emphasis on wealth. Take human greed out of the equation and we are all hippies. When you focus on things like being yourself, living a life you love, taking care of each other and the planet and all of the other things that make a hippie a hippie – all of the sudden money is no longer a motivator.
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All of the sudden, a world run by hippies doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. It sounds like something we should strive for.