As the neocon backlash continues to swell, the “I told you so” temptation grows. Liberals: Right about the environment, right about the war. On a similar tack, the always astute (though often overly wordy) Mark Morford, for the SF Chronicle:
The hippies had it right all along.
All this hot enthusiasm for healing the planet and eating whole foods and avoiding chemicals and working with nature and developing the self? Came from the hippies. Alternative health? Hippies. Green cotton? Hippies. Reclaimed wood? Recycling? Humane treatment of animals? Medical pot? Alternative energy? Natural childbirth? Non-GMA seeds? It came from the granola types (who, of course, absorbed much of it from ancient cultures), from the alternative worldviews, from the underground and the sidelines and from far off the grid and it’s about time the media, the politicians, the culture as a whole sent out a big, hemp-covered apology.
Here’s a suggestion, from one of my more astute ex-hippie readers: Instead of issuing carbon credits so industrial polluters can clear their collective corporate conscience, maybe, to help offset all the damage they’ve done to the soul of the planet all these years, these commercial cretins should instead buy some karma credits from the former hippies themselves. You know, from those who’ve been working for the health of the planet, quite thanklessly, for 50 years and who have, as a result, built up quite a storehouse of good karma. You think?
via Tim Bishop
One Reply to “Karma Credits”
It’s easy to cherry-pick a subset of ideas from history and use the 20/20 vision of hindsight.
After all, hippies were all about free love. Bad idea in the age of AIDS.
Hippies were about unfettered drug use. Bad idea in the age of crystal meth.
Hippies were about a society of peace and happiness. Absolutely impossible given human nature. There will always be those who wish to dominate others, and a society must be prepared to fight for freedom.
Sure, they had a lot right, but they also had a lot wrong.