That's why I truly believe, from the knowledge I've learned from others, the 60's was a miraculous, enlightening era, Littlewing!
No one can deny there was chaos, there was anxiety, there was trouble, and there was even disorder. Then again, there's always been disorder in purgatory. There was a great romance during that era. Young people really believed they could make a difference and change the world, they felt empowered and sanguine. As naive as determination can be, isn't that what we wish for all our children? That they can grow up and follow their dreams and achieve them, to make the world a better place. The youth stood tall on their own two feet then and just the sight of flooded campus grounds, farms and city parks can't help but make anyone smile in astonishment.
The 60's was as closest to a filiarchy in our nation than ever before! Everyone wasn't always right, but everyone believed in something, and that's what's most important. Regardless of your beliefs, you found a place and you weren't pointed at for that. Grassroots activism, or the impression among the average American, was at its peak then I believe.
That whole passion is just lacking today. Everyone I know considers myself a "pleistoscene hippy", but often I am labeled as a renegade because of that. You hear all the cable news networks treat "liberal" as a dirty word, as though being "conservative" is the norm and "liberal" is sub-norm. But it is both sets of values and doctrines that have made the greatness of America, and I dream to see it return to that, where it doesn't matter what your positions are.
And I really desire that spirit to come back with a vengeance. I do see it living among some today. I believe Green Day has it in them, and they may inspire more to bring back rock and roll in its organic form. I see it in Winona LaDuke, David Cobb and other alternative party activists. These new heroes are there, they just need to be discovered.
Marian Wright Edelman said, "If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for much." Someone else I remember said that when one generation plants the seed, another generation gets the shade. I am trying to do all I can to sow and inspire other youth to do the same so tomorrow our children won't be left sunburnt by empty promises.
I continue to remain optimistic this renaissance of the youthful spirit is exhumed, and can sugar-coat the world once again.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"