The Hippie Movement of the 1960's

Topics: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Timothy Leary Pages: 4 (1347 words) Published: January 19, 2013
The 1960’s were, in my opinion the most influential decade in the history of the world. Some people went from being preppy, well-kept human beings to turning into long-haired, earth- loving and careless people. When the citizens of today look back at the ‘60s, they think of one of the happiest decades their generation has ever seen if not the happiest they’ve ever went through. The “hippies” stressed that everybody be happy, calm and find peace through love and tolerance. This means that everybody should just be happy, love everybody, and put up with anything that bothered them because if they were in a care free state, did these things really bother them in the end?

This whole movement was started by a man named Timothy Leary. This man had a PhD in Psychology and conducted experiments at Harvard University such as the Concord Prison Experiment. Leary was also around back when LSD and Psilocybin were both very legal drugs and were available to anybody who had the money to pay for it. LSD became big when Leary conducted his Concord Prison experiment. It started with Leary and his associates (which were prisoners) took a hit of LSD. After they took a hit of LSD and their “trips” we done and over with, 36 prisoners were reported to have repented and swore to give up any criminal activity that may occur in the future. Taking LSD had some very interesting results. In some cases, it had been known that the use of this drug has partially or completely changed the user’s personality. If you might have noticed, hippies had a very mellow attitude so the use of LSD or marijuana may have had an impact on them and altered their personalities and the way they think or view the world.

Leary also made a few of his “catchphrases” popular and used them to promote his philosophy. Such catchphrases included “turn on, tune in, drop out”; “set and setting” and “think for yourself and question authority”.

At the same time that the hippie movements were going on in San...
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