I missed the hippy era. I was too young. Looking back at that time, many people certainly looked ridiculous. But then I listen to the messages of peace and love and I wonder what happened to it all. There was this huge belief in our own potential, that we could live together in happiness. And then, later, while some countries were trying to get to space to piss other countries off and find new ways of blowing the shit out of each other, huge numbers of people in those countries were dreaming of what we would find - that someone would hear a message of friendship and love and make contact to help make our world, our selves, better.
It was about hope.
I was listening to Leonard Nimoy's (yes, Spock) album 'Highly Illogical' the other day and some of the hopes in it are wonderful. By the way, if anyone can recommend some albums from that time filled with positivity and hope, I'd love to hear about them.
I wonder what went wrong. Few people, few children, seem to look to the stars any more. They're too busy worrying about their careers, about making rich people even more rich. As ridiculous as some hippies looked, and it did look like some of them didn't wash, I can't help feeling they were on to something.