Sunday, September 13, 2015
The 60s and 70s
That Facebook comment startled me. Ray Lewis, the retired Philadelphia police captain who became famous on the Left when he went to the Occupy Wall Street protests in his police officer uniform, had posted a picture of a painting of a couple making love and had commented that only sick and depraved minds would think of something like it as pornography. Ray often rails against the conservative Christianity movement.
The comment startled me because I didn't think people thought of the "60s and 70s" as a time "when people were more loving and free." There was that aspect of the Counterculture, of course. "The Counterculture" being that whole hippie thing but of course more than that, the styles, the whole liberal swing of the country and much of the world, the music and art and ideas, the opening up of peoples' minds, the liberation struggles, equality.
People who were heavily into the Counterculture held peace and love and the free expression of emotions in high regard, but my take on it was that it was just those few people thinking that and they just thought it for a little while. The mass of humanity had been influenced somewhat.
Then the Counterculture got swallowed up and overwhelmed by human nature as it was emphatically reasserted by the Reganites while Disco music cleansed all the former hippies' minds of all their silly notions so they could set them to cutting their hair and getting jobs and falling into line.
For a few years after the Counterculture petered out you'd read something about it now and then. Many in the media especially the Leftist media had been involved in it in one way or the other and were trying to come to grips with the fact that whatever their vision of a better and more loving world had been, it was starting to get further away, not closer. Why this swing to the right in the country? Why had the the Counterculture gone away? What had it been? I can't say that I've seen anything written about what happened to the Counterculture in a long time. I haven't stopped thinking about it for one minute.