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Thursday, March 15, 2007

In search of hippies

Maybe that's the ticket: Community. Most everybody needs a tribe, a place to belong, and as technology ever-further distances people from each other, they reach out with warm, seeking hands. They gather en masse with like-minded comrades, and music festivals are the modern-day magnet that draws old hippies, new hippies, would-be hippies and hippie sympathizers.

It is not all sweetness and light, of course. Hippies are just as prone to judgmental sniffs and the "poseur" accusation. At Langerado, a man wearing a "I love everybody" shirt caused another man walking by to mumble to his friend, "I love everybody more." And, truth be told, there were plenty of the self-consciously grubby, suspected "trustifarians" driving new 4-Runners and wearing $90 Chaco sandals and camping in Gore-Tex tents.

"But Were There Hippies?"
Palm Beach Post (Florida)

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