Originally posted by dgtempe
Flower child here.
the 60's were NOTHING like we have going down today. I havent read the whole thread and i wont waste my time. No offense.
Another 60's hippie right here, and although I have read the thread, I really have to echo DGTempe's sentiment.
The sixties were nothing like what we have today. The songs I see being quoted are really taken out of cultural context and are being interpreted in
a weird way.
We were (and are) a well-educated generation, and musicians were reading Kerouac and McKenna and Kant and Jung. Coffeehouses were not a place for
expensive coffee, but places where readers and writers and poets and thinkers met. We were becoming aware of cultural injustices in our own society
(Native Americans, Blacks, Hispanics, women) and were marching and demonstrating in large numbers. A group making noises on the Internet is no
comparison to the marches on Selma.
I remember when NASA employees were addicted to the first Star Trek... and I remember the first Trek conventions. I remember standing outside and
learning the constellations so that I could watch our satellites overhead. I remember when the world stopped to watch the Moon missions.
I remember when our heroes were scientists.
I remember when our sports heroes were upright ethical men and when no team would keep scumbags no matter how well they played.
You have no concept what danger the world was in -- but I was sitting in the middle of Germany when the Berlin Wall went up and we were probably a few
hours from World War 3. I remember the sounds of troops being deployed to the field, marching without singing their "jodies" and tanks and
halftracks shuddering the buildings as they were sent away from the bases to positions where they could defend against a strike. I remember how
worried the West Germans were.
I remember visiting Berlin and seeing buildings still in ruins from the war 20 years before.
I remember war before Mei Lai. I remember Watts burning. I remember the murder of the civil rights workers and church bombings that killed children.
I remember having to room with two Black women because otherwise our choir members couldn't be invited to stay with White church members.
I remember the art and the poetry and the coffeehouse circuits (I was part of that.) I remember fighting for the right for legal and safe abortions
for women. I remember when women were killed and beaten and their husbands went scott free.
I remember "Laugh In" and "Batman" (the original) and "campy" things.
I remember when Black children were beaten and bullied into giving their lunch money to Whites. I remember when women only got half the wage that a
man got for the same amount of work and skill.
And I remember us fighting to change all that.
What's going on now is peanuts compared to sitting in Germany and watching your dad leave, knowing there was a very good chance that if someone shot
there would be an atomic bomb landing in the Army Base where you lived within half an hour.